The Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government have achieved remarkable political success in the form of victory in the two consecutive Lok Sabha polls. The BJP and its allies NDA had changed the political map of the country. But after the landslide victory in the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, the Modi government has run into controversy after controversy.
The debacle in assembly polls
The disaster in Maharashtra and Jharkhand assembly polls and below-par performance in Haryana has jolted the saffron party. Still, the Delhi Assembly elections on February 8, 2020, have come as a chance for the party to salvage pride yet again. The assembly election in Bihar and West Bengal is also in the pipeline.
Plethora of issues
A series of issues have been haunting the Modi government and putting the country on the backfoot of development. These issues are:
– slump down in the economy,
– soaring prices of essential commodities,
– growing unemployment,
– poor law and order situation,
– attack on students in universities and institutions,
– protest against NRC and CAA,
– brutalities of police against students and peaceful protestors.
These topics have become a sharp point of discussion for Indian and International media. At the same time, public outrage is gaining momentum.
Cancel of Japanese PM visit
The country has been passing through a critical stage. Several foreign dignitaries cancelled their visit to India citing unrest in the country. The annual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe was scheduled to take place on December 15-17, last year in Guwahati. It was deferred in the wake of widespread protest in Guwahati over the Citizenship Amendment Act.
PM skips Assam tour
Nearly one month after PM Narendra Modi deferred the summit with his Japan counterpart, he has also called off his scheduled visit to Assam to inaugurate the 3rd Khelo India Youth Games in Guwahati which was to begin on January 10. In less than one month, this is the second cancellation of Narendra Modi’s proposed visit to Assam. The trip is postponed due to the agitation against citizenship law. The All Assam Students Union (AASU) and other organisations were against the visit of Modi.
Protest intensifies over CAA
Since the passing of the contentious Citizenship Bill by both the houses of Parliament, a nationwide protest has spread like wildfire. Several clashes between people and the police have been reported in which people in Uttar Pradesh have lost their lives in the firing and even some police personnel have become victims of stone-pelting by an angry mob. The country continues to steer in unrest against CAA, and even while writing this report #ShaheenBaghProtests is trending on Twitter with over 13.7K tweets. The protesters have intensified their stir in spite of heavy deployment of the police force and the winter chill.
Betis not safe
In recent times, crime against women has increased by five per cent. Several rape cases the like of Nirbhaya has shaken the country from their sleep. In Hyderabad, a 27-year old veterinarian was raped and then killed by four men. Latter police shot dead all the culprits in an encounter while they were allegedly trying to escape.
Meanwhile, Unnao rape victim was set ablaze by the accused in Uttar Pradesh. The main accused in this case held a powerful position in the state BJP rung. The victim breathed her last in a Delhi hospital. Such incidents have been posing recurrent questions on Prime Minister’s initiative of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ slogan.
Masked goons attack JNU students
This is a tumultuous time for the student’s community. Of late, some goons stormed into the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus and brutally beat students and teachers. Those injured were taken to the hospital. The police did not arrest the culprits, instead escorted them from the university campus. Before this, cops stormed Jamia Millia Islamia University and their brutalities on students inside the campus are not hidden from anyone.
Post these incidents, students from across the country have stood up in solidarity with these universities and their students. Even St Stephens College of Delhi have boycotted their classes.
PM recites $5-trillion economy
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday has claimed that the fundamental of the economy is strong and it is capable of touching the $5-trillion mark. However, this is far from reality. The National Statistical Office (NSO) has predicted that the economy is set to grow at 5% in the current year, which is the slowest in 11-year, facing severe criticism from the opposition over the government’s handling of the Indian economy.
The economic slowdown has affected many sectors. The automobile has suffered most. People are losing jobs; the atmosphere of uncertainty has been creeping up as all industries are facing the backlash of the slowing down of the economy. The purchasing power has gone down, while the prices of essential commodities are skyrocketing.
Autocracy of govt
Unemployment has crossed all hurdles. Youngsters are not getting decent jobs despite having professional degrees, farmers and small entrepreneurs are facing an uphill task to go forward in the present scenario. The autocratic way of functioning in the current government is merely bringing anarchy and lawlessness in the entire country.
Altogether everything is looking topsy-turvy. Uncertainty has been looming everywhere. People have lost their sleep. The Union government has to come forward to normalise the situation in the country. Otherwise, the coming days would turn uncontrollable the way situation is building up across the nation.