“In a democracy, the poor will have more power than the rich because there are more of them, the will of the majority is supreme.” Aristotle
Well, the above quote has in reality, defined the true meaning of democracy but, sadly, this is not the present scenario of India. I think democracy is not just the right to cast a vote; rather, it consists of the amplification of every citizen’s contribution to society. Please correct me if I am wrong!
Before actually stating my points, I would like to let my readers know that I am NOT a follower of any political party; I am just an active citizen who believes if something wrong is happening, we should solicit our government as they are the ones who have the powers.
So…why do I use the word ‘power’? Because, all through my life, I haven’t seen any of the political parties help out the poor people. There is a proverb ‘poor are getting poorer; rich are getting richer’- this is the real situation in our country. The victory of the Modi government is quite debatable.
Here I am pointing out five significant and vital areas to which our government should pay more attention, rather than just building statues in the name of unity and growth.
Undoubtedly, this is the top one on my list. Apparently, the Modi government has created some schemes like ‘Mudra Yojana’ and ‘Skills India’ etc. to fulfil their never-ending promises in the last three years. In reality, according to the State of India’s Environment (SoE) In Figures 2019, the country’s rate of unemployment has doubled in the past 2 years. Though they claimed that their government has created 5.5 crores jobs through the ‘Mudra Yojana’ scheme, I believe this is quite cynical.
It is just a simple tool in the form of a loan scheme and, in my opinion, it will never create any jobs. The Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) also reported that the unemployment rate was higher in June 2019 by making it to its lowest mark since January 2016.
So, if we consider the Modi government is the correct one then should we consider all these reports as fake?
Without a doubt, we can see the lack of quality education in India and we cannot deny this fact. Lack of professional education has become a foremost issue now and the never-ending inappropriate allocation of funds also created problems in the current Indian education system. Due to the privatisation of higher education, higher education has become extremely costly. That’s why the dropout rate is exceptionally high in the primary and secondary level. I know there are several other issues; some places don’t even have a school, especially in remote areas. Do you know our education infrastructure is rearward, with a literacy rate of 72%? So, why this is happening?
Currently, 1 dollar is equal to 71.60 Indian Rupees; can you believe it? Moreover, combating the terror funding, fake notes, black money, changing the colours of notes have led to a number of economic problems. The upsetting errors like Demonetisation, prove that the current government has made a lot of unprepared economic decisions. In reality, the living standards of most of the Indian citizens are not changing, and I am sure you will agree. Do you know only 6% of India’s poor people have proper access to tap water versus 33% of the non-poor? Why have we always struggle like this since the beginning? Why can’t we question our government, and if we do so, then we may be known as ‘Anti-national’…like seriously?
Maybe the government has forgotten that Indian is an agricultural country and farmers are the souls of India. Do you know with an average of 10 suicides every day, in Maharasthra alone more than 60,000(officially) suicides had taken place as of 2018? So, you can guess the number is growing. The reasons include the high rate of debt burdens, pitiable government policies, and bribery in subsidies, crop breakdown, mental health, personal issues, and family problems and so on. After all these years of independence, why can’t we reduce the rate of farmer suicides rather than just building big statues?
What I have observed is a slow rise of Hindutva nationalism that has led to hatred against other communities, especially towards Muslims. Why? Well, an analysis of Home Ministry data in February 2018 exposed that the communal violence under the current government has increased 28% over three years. Mob lynching, hate comments and several other incidents have rocked the country and raised the debate of bringing in a new law. An increase in different kinds of targeted attacks on Dalits and other minority communities has been growing. Paradoxically, our respected President is also from the same community, but does it change the situation? I don’t think so.
Well, apart from the big 5 burning issues, I would like to mention some of the sensitive issues which the current government has completely mishandled. The NRC or the National Register of Citizens system of Assam for one; apparently, around 19 lakh people were excluded from a list of a total 32,991,384 applicants! Have you ever thought of this?
The failed implementation of Aadhaar led to denying citizens their fundamental right to privacy. The media, which is the 4th pillar of a nation, has been completely borrowed for political propaganda, and people can actually see it. The unsure amendment of the Rafale deal is one more area to be thought about.
People choose their leaders for the sake of harmonization, to promote peace, not to violate our rights as citizens, isn’t it? If so, then why is the current situation in India getting worse day after day?