This post has been self-published on Youth Ki Awaaz by Karthik Shankar. Just like them, anyone can publish on Youth Ki Awaaz.

10 Things That I Think The Modi Govt. Is Doing Right

More from Karthik Shankar

By Karthik Shankar:

Modi’s first year in office has attracted a lot of mixed reactions in the media to counter the government’s glowing review of itself. Even as someone who has been critical of Modi, I can recognise several of his achievements.


1) Desi-Videshi Connection

People like Rahul Gandhi have criticised Modi for what they claim amounts to gallivanting around foreign countries at the state’s expense. However what Modi is pulling off is akin to a diplomatic coup. Foreign investments depend as much on lack of bureaucratic hurdles as on good PR, and Modi has kick-started international relations by visiting the U.S, Japan, China and France among others. These warmer ties have come with billions of dollars in foreign investment commitments like $41 billion from the U.S and $2 billion from France.

2) Bye-Bye Subsidy

When the government deregulated diesel and natural gas prices, it took one of the boldest steps for our economy since the 1991 reforms. As of last March, India’s fuel subsidy bill was $11 billion. Easing the burden on the government reduced our fiscal deficit and brought down inflation.

3) Mere Paas Bank Account Hai

In a country where the poor don’t have much access to finances, Modi’s Jan Dhan Yojana was a rousing success. Although 58% of the accounts are still inactive, giving 115 million people, mostly from the country’s poorest, access to the regulated financial system will no doubt pay rich dividends over the long run.

4) FDI Padhaaro Mare Desh

Signalling a shift from the previous government’s allergy to FDI, the Modi-led government has allowed 100% FDI in 17 key sectors in railways. In addition, the limits have been increased to 49% in defence and insurance. Unfortunately retail continues to remain a sector whose potential is constrained due to fears of a public backlash.

5) Corruption Se Swachh Bharat

After being subjected to an administration that was involved in scam after scam, the NDA government has put the focus on clean administration. Could we have imagined this website under the previous regime? Admittedly, the initial vigour with which the crusade against black money was started hasn’t been sustained, but there have been no big ticket scams either, and that’s a huge relief for the treasury.

6) Swachh Bharat On The Streets

In a country where cleanliness and hygiene is either ignored by the masses or relegated to the domestic help by the classes, the image of Modi wielding a broom while kicking off the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was striking. By many accounts the drive is a success. Over seven lakh toilets were constructed in January alone, carrying forward the state’s success in reducing open defecation. Additionally, World Bank has approved $1 billion for the campaign.

7) States Be The Boss

The states have always been instrumental in India’s growth which is why the growth rates vary so much in various corners of our country. Recognising this, Modi increased the share of states in tax from 32% to 42%. This will not only create a more decentralised structure but it will allow states to pursue the economic models that work for them.

8) Sunny Side Up
Modi’s commitment to solar energy is welcome in a country where unclean sources of power like coal are usually the norm. Modi, who has been instrumental in getting projects like the Canal Solar Power Project in Gujarat off the ground is pushing for more than $200 billion in India’s burgeoning renewable energy industry.

9) Ek Dil Chahiye Bas ‘Make In India’

There has been a lot of mixed response over the government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign. However there’s no denying that it has given NRIs, like my cousin, who saw a huge advertisement plastered across a German metro, a huge boost in pride. It may be showing results too like Airbus’ $2 billion outlay for manufacturing in India.

10) Atithi Devo Bhava. Promise.

Offering Visa on arrival for 143 countries was a huge boost for our beleaguered tourism industry. December 2014 saw five times the number of tourists of the previous year, and it only promises to get better with tourism’s 33% hike in the budget and a forecast 7.5% growth in 2015.

You must be to comment.
  1. Kartik

    Well I agreed that this Govt. had done some tremendous work, this article is very vague, no points are explained, you mention less subsidies but there is no mention that the subsidies on diesel were removed long go by the UPA. Also not every body has an economics background so I think there could have been a few lines explaining the benefits of no subsidies.

    The FDI thing, no government had an allergy to it, they both had different approach and followed different economic models. Could have explained that as well.

    Rest I agree with.

    1. Arpit

      Still you agree to the rest 70 %.. That’s proof enough darling!

More from Karthik Shankar

Similar Posts

By Shareerspeak

By Simran Pavecha

By Ankita Marwaha

Wondering what to write about?

Here are some topics to get you started

Share your details to download the report.

We promise not to spam or send irrelevant information.

Share your details to download the report.

We promise not to spam or send irrelevant information.

An ambassador and trained facilitator under Eco Femme (a social enterprise working towards menstrual health in south India), Sanjina is also an active member of the MHM Collective- India and Menstrual Health Alliance- India. She has conducted Menstrual Health sessions in multiple government schools adopted by Rotary District 3240 as part of their WinS project in rural Bengal. She has also delivered training of trainers on SRHR, gender, sexuality and Menstruation for Tomorrow’s Foundation, Vikramshila Education Resource Society, Nirdhan trust and Micro Finance, Tollygunj Women In Need, Paint It Red in Kolkata.

Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

Saurabh has been associated with YKA as a user and has consistently been writing on the issue MHM and its intersectionality with other issues in the society. Now as an MHM Fellow with YKA, he’s launched the Right to Period campaign, which aims to ensure proper execution of MHM guidelines in Delhi’s schools.

The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

Read more about his campaign.

Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

Meri Marzi aims to ensure sensitised, non-discriminatory health workers for the needs of female sex workers in the Suraksha Clinics under the UPSACS (Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society) program by creating more dialogues and garnering public support for the cause of sex workers’ menstrual rights. The campaign will also ensure interventions with sex workers to clear misconceptions around overall hygiene management to ensure that results flow both ways.

Read more about her campaign.

MH Fellow Sabna comes with significant experience working with a range of development issues. A co-founder of Project Sakhi Saheli, which aims to combat period poverty and break menstrual taboos, Sabna has, in the past, worked on the issue of menstruation in urban slums of Delhi with women and adolescent girls. She and her team also released MenstraBook, with menstrastories and organised Menstra Tlk in the Delhi School of Social Work to create more conversations on menstruation.

With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

Read more about her campaign. 

A student from Delhi School of Social work, Vineet is a part of Project Sakhi Saheli, an initiative by the students of Delhi school of Social Work to create awareness on Menstrual Health and combat Period Poverty. Along with MHM Action Fellow Sabna, Vineet launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society.

As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

Find out more about the campaign here.

A native of Bhagalpur district – Bihar, Shalini Jha believes in equal rights for all genders and wants to work for a gender-equal and just society. In the past she’s had a year-long association as a community leader with Haiyya: Organise for Action’s Health Over Stigma campaign. She’s pursuing a Master’s in Literature with Ambedkar University, Delhi and as an MHM Fellow with YKA, recently launched ‘Project अल्हड़ (Alharh)’.

She says, “Bihar is ranked the lowest in India’s SDG Index 2019 for India. Hygienic and comfortable menstruation is a basic human right and sustainable development cannot be ensured if menstruators are deprived of their basic rights.” Project अल्हड़ (Alharh) aims to create a robust sensitised community in Bhagalpur to collectively spread awareness, break the taboo, debunk myths and initiate fearless conversations around menstruation. The campaign aims to reach at least 6000 adolescent girls from government and private schools in Baghalpur district in 2020.

Read more about the campaign here.

A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

The Transmen-ses campaign aims to tackle the issue of silence and disregard for trans men’s menstruation needs, by mobilising gender sensitive health professionals and gender neutral restrooms in Lucknow.

Read more about the campaign here.

A Computer Science engineer by education, Nitisha started her career in the corporate sector, before realising she wanted to work in the development and social justice space. Since then, she has worked with Teach For India and Care India and is from the founding batch of Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), a one of its kind organisation creating leaders for the development sector through its experiential learning post graduate program.

As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

Let’s Talk Period aims to change this by

Find out more about her campaign here.

Share your details to download the report.

We promise not to spam or send irrelevant information.

A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform, demanding that the Government of Assam install
biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

Bidisha was selected in’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

Sign up for the Youth Ki Awaaz Prime Ministerial Brief below