Here Are Some Of The Best And Worst Decisions Of The Modi Govt So Far

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There has been a big decline in the percentage of Indians who rate their lives as “positively thriving” ever since Prime Minister Modi filled in the office.

According to a survey conducted by Gallup, there has been a big decline in the percentage of Indians who rate their lives as “positively thriving” ever since Prime Minister Modi filled in the office. It had reduced from 14% in 2014 to just 3% in 2017. While the unemployment rate, living wage, and per capita GDP has increased, the monthly wages for low-skilled workers has decreased from ₹13,300 to ₹10,300. Young people are entering the workforce at a much faster rate as compared to job growth. All these facts tend to indicate an ambiguous view of the government. Let’s consider the arguments in isolation.

Model Of Developing India

Various campaigns and programmes that have been launched:

  1. Clean India Campaign: The campaign focuses on resolving the issues of unhygienic conditions prevailing in the country. A major step taken by the government was to build public toilets and promote the project through notable celebrities.
  2. Make In India: An initiative that focuses on the need to bring in more innovations to increase the investment within the country itself. There was an outflow of jobs due to the creation of new industries. It is being recognized by the world ever since it has gone global.
  3. Jan Dhan Yojna: This scheme enables people to have access to all financial services, which include credit, insurance, savings account, and pension. Prime minister also stresses the importance of having at least one bank count per household.
  4. Stand-Up India: In 2016, PM Narendra Modi launched the initiative to promote entrepreneurship in India, especially among women, ST and SC population with the convenience of easier loans they can avail. He aims to convert every job seeker into a job provider. Along with the launch of the campaign, he also distributed 5,100 Ola e-rickshaws across Delhi/NCR under Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojna and Bhartiya Micro Credit (BMC), which can be ordered through Jan Dhan and RuPay debit card.
  5. The govt has taken confidence-building measures to improve its relations with Kashmir: There has been a lot of tension brewing in India around the claim of Kashmir ever since. He even showed a warm gesture when he visited flood victims in Kashmir and also arranged for monitoring systems to oversee the flood-affected regions.
  6. Implementation of Neighborhood First policy: One of the major policy initiatives taken by the Modi government was to actively focus on improving ties with immediate neighbors. Inviting all heads of SAARC nations to Modi’s swearing-in ceremony was an aggressive and smart move by Modi as a Prime Minister.
  7. Fast-track mode of Foreign Policy: He visited many global leaders and explained to them the manufacturing opportunities that they could explore in India. He was able to portray India as a secure and competitive marketplace in their eyes. His good international relations have brought a lot of investment into India’s economic system.
  8. Reforms in economic policies: Some major reforms include privatization of public banks and an increase in the FDI limits for Insurance, Railways, and Defence. Several tax benefits have also been modified.
  9. Increased focus on tourism: Efforts are being made to portray India as a popular tourist destination to the entire world. Visa systems have been undergoing big changes in terms of being ‘available on arrival’ to all the leading nations. The number of foreign tourists coming to India has also considerably risen since Modi has come to power, which is a very positive indication.

Model Of Destroying India

Introduced in 2016, Demonetization was a poorly executed scheme.
  1. The price hike in diesel and petrol: The rationalization of diesel and petrol prices has added more pain to the middle class. The BJP manifesto claimed that special courts would be set up to stop black marketing and hoarding, but nothing has been done so far in this regard.
  2. Increase in Non-Performing Assets: Bad loans or gross non-performing assets for public sector banks and private sector banks have risen drastically under Modi’s reign.
  3. Farmers’ suicide: Farmers remain distressed and are committing suicides in some parts of the country due to lack of crop insurance and farmer loans.
  4. Demonetization: Introduced in 2016, it was a poorly executed scheme. Currency worth  ₹15.28 trillion had been deposited back into the banks. It clearly indicated that hoarders had found a way to legitimize most of their black money or there was no significant black money.
  5. Goods & Services Tax (GST) implementation: Introduced country-wide crackdown of the illegal economy, it ended up causing a lot of misery to the general public and slowed down economic growth. Traders in the cities and towns are upset over tax bureaucracy imposed by GST. In villages, farmers are complaining of job insecurity as they feel that the government is not paying them enough for their produce.
  6. Rise in Hindu Nationalism as a trend: The rise of ruling party reflects a worrying trend of Hindu nationalism in India, and Modi himself has a record of stirring up Muslim-Hindu hostility.


The Modi government has achieved a lot since it came to power in 2014, but it still has a long way to go in the journey of making India economically strong and implement citizen-friendly policies.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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