Demonitisation, Vision of a Different India

Opposition politicians, be it Ms. Mamata Banerjee, Behen Mayawati ji, Ms. J. Jaya Lalitha, Mr. Sitaram Yechury, Mr. Sharad Yadav, Mr. Lalu Prasad Yadav, Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mr. Karunanidhi, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, Mr. Rahul Gandhi etc., are all great leaders of masses. But their thinking is attuned to the way older generation of Indians used to think. Most of these mass leaders cannot relate to changing reality of India. That is why their protest against demonetisation is so old fashioned, so hackneyed. Most political leaders are busy name calling of Modi, busy blocking parliament, terming every government move to be a scam of massive proportion. It is not surprising that India has seen one massive corruption follow another in the time of last government. Our leaders, however, have very little positive vision to offer to our masses. 

For major part post independence, common men and women have heard politicians speak of the poor. Poor remained  poor, while politicians, bureaucrats and sundry middlemen had filled their own coffer using money meant for the poor. Leaders of many mainstream political parties, be it national or regional, have charges of corruption against them. Almost all political parties are family based parties. Rein of leadership is handed down from father to son. Family members control important revenue generating positions in government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation drive is implemented poorly, as critics as well as many common citizens will agree. May be process was difficult. Yet, most people see in Prime Minister Modi a person, who is

  • really working hard;
  • not trying to benefit his family and friends;
  • trying to bring change in the face of huge obstruction;
  • offering a vision of different India to people; 

Critics of Narendra Modi and opposition politicians are not thinking like Modi. There is a qualitative difference in thought process between Modi and opposition leaders.  Most politicians are stuck in politics of retaining power. Modi is thinking “if I cannot do anything for people, what is the point in staying in power?” Most politicians are trying to highlight how lives of common people have become difficult. Modi is telling them how he can change peoples lives forever.

Since independence, people of India have faced a lot of difficulty most of the time. So difficulty is not new for them. Hope, however, is novel. People can also see someone has staked everything for a different India against a powerful opposition. People are most likely excited about change, about vision of a new India, that is why despite numerous difficulties and set backs in personal lives, majority of people appear to bear with Modi.  

To beat  Narendra Modi, political opposition has to think differently. Opposition has to show something bigger and better. Opposition, however, lack imagination and courage.

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