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Build a ‘Manav Mandir’ in India

Updated: March 22, 2017 12:41 pm

Now, the political atmosphere is calm and cool in India.  BJP’s spectacular victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakahand has silenced the so-called secular politicians and intellectual class. The verdict clearly gives two indications: one that now Narendra Modi is the most-accepted popular mass leader of India and people have reposed their faith on the PM’s development agenda for a developed new India. Secondly, now Modi has to gear up in many sectors to accelerate the engine of India’s growth, as people are waiting to see acche din. The development agenda should now focus on building a temple for new India where all can take shelter — barring caste, creed and religion as Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (whole world is one family) has been the culture of India since ages.  So it is high time that India build a growth temple, which will provide work for every hand and shelter to all in future. PM Modi needs to build a new India where the poor have a real chance to get out of poverty and the middle class sense their burden reduced. If India needs real economic development, then it should start from Uttar Pradesh which was one of the rich states as per capita income during Independence era. Now, as against the national average of 21.9 per cent in poverty ratio Uttar Pradesh’s ratio is at 30 per cent. After Congress’ faltered at maintaining the growth story of the state in the initial years, UP got under the poor leadership of Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav, who also didn’t had any development vision for the state. So,instead of offering freebies to people like Naveen Patnaik in Odisha and late Jayalalitha in Tamil Nadu, the new Government of the state should provide opportunities to the poor and middle class to grow.

  Decades after Independence, India has given birth to a visionary mass leader like Narendra Modi who has created hopes and aspirations among the common men. The BJP government has to carry both its ideology and development politics to prove that their government is serious for the development of the last man of the society.  Under Narendra Modi’s tallest leadership the party has been successfully demolishing the political ideology and structure of its opponents.    In fact, the verdict is like a political storm which has totally destroyed the old banyan tree called Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. The frustrated Left- liberals who act like anti-nationals should go and secure themselves in jails or can go underground in deep forests of Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The rapid growth of BJP has given mandate to the party to rule in 15 states that account for nearly 60 per cent of the nation’s population. Even the political growth engine of the BJP is now spreading towards the east of India in Odisha and would slowly run to the southern India starting from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu. Modi’s popularity and integrity gives a clear indication that the party will romp home in Gujarat again that is going to poll at the end of 2017. Narendra Modi, after winning 2014 Lok Sabha elections, is systematically ending up the electoral politics of regional parties like BSP, SP, BJD, AIADMK, DMK and NCP. In a way, it is good for the largest democracy like India to follow the bi-polar politics. In any healthy democracy, it is very important to have a sensible Opposition party, unlike the Congress and the hapless Rahul Gandhi. There are many senior experienced leaders in the Congress party who can replace Rahul Gandhi. Instead of protecting Rahul, the senior congress leaders should protect the Congress party at least to play the role of Opposition. However, that does not look like happening in the Congress because who will bell the cat? So, it is better for Rahul Gandhi to look up to  former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, and study how he behaved like a responsible Opposition having a few seats in his bag, otherwise he would remain a laughing stock in Modi’s reign.

Deepak Kumar Rath

Deepak Kumar Rath

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