What is happening in India in 2020-21 under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Present is a continuation of yesterday. There can not be tomorrow without today. Everything is interconnected and that includes Economics, politics, foreign affairs etc. To understand what Narendra Modi is doing, one has to look back at past. But one thing is certain, nothing is permanent in life. Everything comes with an expiry date. That include the superpower status of countries.

Independence of India:

In 1947, the British transferred power to it’s lackeys (Congress Party formed in 1885 by British themselves) and made another split of countries in three blocking both the trading routes by land to the east and west. The wheat bowl of irrigated west Punjab and rice bowl of east Bengal was split from India in a well crafted strategy. For next 20 years that is till about 1967, India faced food shortages forcing it to import substandard wheat from USA and other countries. Food rationing was a norm. A fixed quantity of wheat etc. was distributed through Government run, highly corrupt, Public Distribution System or PDS.

Nehru imposed restrictions and communist type changes in economic and labour/industrial policies which even British had feared to do in their tenure.

The food independence was gained by India after the Nahru’s death and before arrival of evil empress Indira, the daughter of Nehru. Elections were a farce. the Elected Governments were formed with just 21 to 26% of votes. Indira was way ahead of Nehru and imposed curbs on Cement and Sugar as well. Now Sugar was also distributed by PDS. For cement one had to apply to District Supply Office stating the reason why a bag of cement was required. The result of all these cubs was that essential items of daily use became privileged commodity. Grant of these items of daily use became the tools to wield power and garner votes through middlemen.

P. V. Narasimha Rao in 1990:

Rajiv Gandhi, son of Indira succeeded her in 1984 after her assassination and was himself assassinated by terrorists in 1989. After his demise P. V. Narasimha Rao succeeded him and he threw the economy open, ending all controls on essential commodities except in a very limited way.

T.N. Seshan as Chief Election Commissioner:

Chief Election Commissioner is a unique institution in India with very wide powers to ensure free and fair election. In 1989 T.N. Seshan became Chief Election Commissioner and brought in unprecedented reforms in election bringing an end to electoral rigging completely. Some of the measure introduced was to give photo ID cards to all voters,use of Central Reserve Police instead of local police during election, taking over management of any city if the administration appeared biased. Now no party was able to win. This continued till 2014. All Governments between 1990 to 2014 were coalition Governments in which Congress Party always had an influence.

Now the new middlemen were the enforcers. Various Government schemes would dole out billion of rupee for the benefit of poor. Hardly 10% reached the poor. Rest appropriated by middlemen but they were ‘Enforcers’ who could now ensure votes. With the rise of coalition, these Enforcers (often gangsters) formed their own parties and formed alliances. There were times when as much as 70 different parties were in the government.

Arrival of TV Media

Private TV Channels were permitted much after 1990 and all the channels were owned by the groups affiliated to Congress Party. It was during the tenure of BJP/NDA rule that some Private channels not run by overt or covert Congress/Communist member were permitted. Just two from opposition continued, rest perished for want of revenue. The 2004 elections was won by nothing but the media. Bogus corruption charges which were thrown out by courts later, made the Government fall.

Re-arrival of Congress:

2004 saw arrival of Congress Party under the leadership of its Italian born President. Since then President of India told her that he will not invite her to become due to her citizenship controversy she appoint an subservient family loyalist Prime Minister Manmohan Singh whose only achievement was that he was an economist when the currency of India fell by 40% in just 5 years. Massive corruption erupted. Banks were nearly bankrupted with bad loans.

Gross misuse of Police to harass opponent and promotion of Middlemen/Gangsters happened with improved vigour. These were new generation entrants as old ones now run small parties in coalition.

What Modi was doing?:

In 2014 when Modi arrived, fake currency racket with or without involvement of Congress and it’s most favoured nation was in full swing. First thing was opening of Bank accounts of every citizen. Massive 300 million accounts were opened. A digital financial payment framework of it’s own kind was created. Large denomination currency was cancelled. All subsidies were made online with payment being made to bank accounts of citizens.

Poor never had it so good ever in their life time. Two new schemes were started which would shame even hard core Socialists who are paper tigers only with no practical ideology. A subsidy was given to poor to build toilets and homes. Money was transferred to Bank account directly. Build, upload photo, get money. It was so simple. Even those who did not get money saw hope in 2019.

Narendra Modi in 2020:

700 million people who had voted for Congress party in 2014 voted for BJP/Modi in 2019. He was successful in creating a new vote bank. The most reliable one. Poor are just poor in wealth but not in commitment. Now having secured 370 million votes Narendra Modi is set upon the task to destroy the mini-fiefdoms of Gangsters/Drugs/Land Mafia and there is an uproar. They not only make illicit money but have tremendous influence on bureaucracy as well as the smaller parties whom they donate to buy influence. In Uttar Pradesh it is Land grabbers who are under police action. Madhya Pradesh too has joined the action. In Mumbai it is Narcotics Department and Money Laundering. In Karnataka it is again Drug. In Kashmir Money Laundering operation had started last year itself. Now China too has joined this war by sitting on border and supporting the separatists. What is interesting is that no one noticed that Government virtually invited Khalistani separatists to wage war. Cant say why?

Kashmir represents India in every way. The political model of Kashmir is the model of Communist/Islamist parties which now include Congress as well. This model is under attack.The war has just begun. Choose your side now. I will sit out. Do not blame if you are caught in between.

The war of independence is still going on. Independence from Criminals. Only after these are dealt with, there can be actual reform to get rid of draconian British era laws. Today these laws will be used against these Opportunists who have been clearly rejected by people in polls after polls including the run off elections held this year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks on Radio


English rendering of PM’s address in the 18th Episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat 2.0’ on 29.11.2020


My dear countrymen, Namaskar! I want to share a good news with you all at the beginning of Mann ki Baat today. Every Indian will be proud to know that a very oldidol of Devi Annapurna is returning to India from Canada. This idol was stolen from a temple of Varanasi and smuggled out of the country around 100 years ago somewhere around 1913. I express my gratitude to the Government of Canada and to all those for this large heartedness who made this propitious deed possible. Mata Annapoorna has a very special relationship with Kashi. Now the coming back of her Idol is pleasing for all of us. Just like the idol of Mata Annapurna, a lot of our invaluable heritage has suffered at the handsof International gangs. These gangs sell them at a very high pricein the international market. Now not only are they being subjected to heavy restrictions; India has also increased her efforts for their return. Because of such efforts, India has been successfulin bringing back lots of such idols and artifacts in the past few years.There is a coincidenceattached with the return of theidol of Mata Annapurna… World Heritage Week was celebrated only a few days ago. World Heritage Week provides a wonderful opportunity to the lovers of culture to revisit the past and to know about the history of these important milestones. In spite of these times of corona, this time, we saw people celebrate this Heritage week in an innovative manner. Culture helps a lot during crisis, plays a major role in handling it. Even with the help of technology, culture works like an emotional recharge. Today, lots of museums and libraries in the country are working to make their collection fully digital. In Delhi, our National museum has made some commendable efforts in this respect. National museum is working on introducing around ten virtual galleries- isn’t this interesting! Now, sitting at your home, you can tour National Museum galleries of Delhi. On the one hand it is important to take cultural heritage to the maximum number of people through the medium of technology, the use of technology is also important for the conservation of this heritage. Recently I was reading about an interesting project. There is an island named Svalbard in the north of Norway. A project,Arctic World Archive has been set upon this island. Invaluable heritage data has been stored in this archive in such a manner that no natural or man made disaster can affect it. Just recently,we have received information that the heritage of Ajanta caves is also being digitized and preserved in this project. A full view of the caves of Ajanta shall be on display in this. Along with the digitalized and restored painting, it shall also have important documents and quotes related to it. Friends, the pandemic has on the one hand changed our ways of working; on the other it has provided us with an opportunity to experience nature in a new manner. Our perspective in observing nature has also undergone a change. We are now stepping into the winter season. We will get to see myriad hues of nature. For the past few days Internet is full of viral pictures of Cherry Blossoms. You might be thinking that when I am referring to Cherry Blossoms I am talking about Japan’s distinct identity but it’s not like that. These are not pictures of Japan. These are pictures of Shillong of our Meghalaya. These cherry blossoms have further enhanced the beauty of Meghalaya.

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Full address of the Prime Minister on Vijaydashmi, Man Ki Baat.

(Man Ki Baat dated 25th October 2020)

My dear countrymen, Namaskar.

Today is the festival of Vijaydashami, that is Dussehra. On this auspicious occasion, heartiest greetings to all of you. The festival of Dussehra is one of the triumph of truth over untruth. But, simultaneously, it is also the festival of victory of patience over crises. Today, all of you are carrying on with immense patience, celebrating the festival with restraint….and hence, in our ongoing fight, our victory too is assured. Earlier, people used to throng Durga Pandals for a Darshan of Maa. The atmosphere would be almost that of a carnival…but it was not possible this time. Earlier, grand fairs used to be held on the occasion of Dussehra…but in present times, they took on a different form. The festival of Ramleela too was one of its major attractions….but now, that too has been restricted to some extent. Earlier during Navratra, the notes of Garba of Gujarat would reverberate all over….this time all grand events have been curtailed. Many more festivals are on the way in the days to come. There is Eid, Sharad Poornima, Valmiki Jayanti, followed by Dhanteras, Diwali, Bhai dooj, the Pooja of Chatthi Maiyya and the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji…..during this crisis-laden period of Corona, we have to exercise patience, observe restraint.

Friends, when we talk about festivals and make preparations for them, the first thought that strikes us is when to go to the market, what all has to be purchased. Children especially are enthusiastic about it, wondering what they would receive this time in the festival season. The fervour of festivals and the glitter and sparkle of the marketplace are interconnected. But this time when you go shopping, do remember our resolve of ‘Vocal for Local’. While purchasing items from the market, we have to accord priority to local products.

Friends, amid the gaiety of festivities, we should spare a thought for the lockdown period. During the lockdown, we closely came to know about those members of society, without whom our lives would be miserable. Sanitation workers, brothers and sisters working as domestic helps, local vegetable vendors, milkmen, security guards….we have now felt the significance of their roles in our lives in a better way. During the moment of crisis, they were with you; they stood by all of us. Now, during the festivities, amid the rejoicing, we must take them along. I earnestly urge you to ensure, in whatever way, in making them a part of your celebrations. Treat them as members of your own family…..you will see for yourself  how your joy rises by leaps and bounds. Continue reading

Prime Minister Narendra Modi raises questions on existence of United Nations, itself!!

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Text of PM’s address at the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session 2020:

Respected President of the General Assembly. On behalf of over 1.3 billion people of India, I would like to congratulate every member country on the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. India is proud of the fact that it is one of the founding members of the United Nations. On this historic occasion, I have come to this global platform to share the sentiments of 1.3 billion people of India.

Your Excellency

The world of 1945 was significantly different from today’s world. The global situation, sources-resources, problems-solutions; all were quite different. And as a result the form and the composition of the institution, established with the aim of global welfare, were in accordance with the prevailing situation of those times. Today we are in a completely different era. In 21st century, The requirements and challenges of our present as well as our future are vastly different from those of the past. Therefore, the international community today is faced with a very important question: Whether the character of the institution, constituted in the prevailing circumstances of 1945, is relevant even today? If century changes and we don’t, then strength to bring changes becomes weak. If we assess the last 75 years of the United Nations, we see several achievements

But at the same time, there are also several instances that point to a serious need for introspection for the United Nations. One could say that we have successfully avoided a third world war, but we cannot deny that there have been several wars and many civil wars. Several terrorist attacks shook the world and there have been bloodsheds. The people who lost their lives in these wars and attacks were human beings, like you and me. Thousands of children, who would have otherwise enriched this world, left us prematurely. So many people lost their life savings and became homeless refugees. Were the efforts of the United Nations sufficient during those times or are these efforts adequate even today?

The whole world is fighting the global pandemic of Corona for the last 8-9 months.

Where is the United Nations in this joint fight against the pandemic? Where is its effective response?

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Speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Aatmnirbhar Bharat.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s addressed to the Nation, late in the day. After Greetings to fellow citizens he high lighted that “for over four months the global community has been in the fight against Corona virus and during this period more than 42 lakh people across the world have been infected with Corona. More than 2.75 Lakh people have died tragically. In India too, people have lost their near and dear ones.I express my heartfelt condolences to all.”

He added the gravity of situation:

“Friends, a virus has destroyed the world. Crores of people around the world are facing a crisis. World all over is engaged in a battle to save precious lives. We have never seen or heard of such a crisis. This crisis is unthinkable as well as unprecedented for mankind.”

However-getting exasperated, losing heart or getting shattered, is not acceptable to the mankind. We have to remain vigilant, closely monitor it, follow the rules of engagement in such a war, save ourselves and move ahead. Today, when the world is in crisis, we must strengthen our resolve. Our great resolve will help overcome this crisis.

Friends, we have been hearing since the last century that the 21st century belongs to India. We have seen how the world was before Corona and the global systems in detail. Even after the infliction of the Corona crisis, we are constantly watching the situation as it unfolds across the globe. When we look at these two periods from India’s perspective, it seems that the 21st century is the century for India. This is not our dream, rather a responsibility for all of us.

But what should be its trajectory?

The state of the world today teaches us that a (AtmaNirbhar Bharat) “Self-reliant India” is the only path .It is said in our scriptures – EshahPanthahThat is – self-sufficient India.

As a nation today we stand at a very crucial juncture. Such a big disaster is a signal for India,it has brought a message and an opportunity.I will share my perspective with an example. When the Corona crisis started, there was not a single PPE kit made in India. The N-95 masks were produced in small quantity in India. Today we are in a situation to produce 2 lakh PPE and 2 lakh N-95 masks daily. We were able to do this because India turned this crisis into an opportunity.

This vision of India – turning crisis into opportunity- is going to prove equally effective for our resolve of self-reliant India.

Friends,

Today the meaning of the word self-reliance has changed in the global scenario. The debate on Human Centric Globalization versus Economy Centralized Globalization is on. India’s fundamental thinking provides a ray of hope to world. The culture and tradition of India speaks of self-reliance and the soul is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

India does not advocate self-centric arrangements when it comes to self-reliance. India’s self-reliance is ingrained in the happiness, cooperation and peace of the world.

This is the culture which believes in the welfare of the world, for all the living creatures and the one which considers the whole world as a family. Its premise is ‘माता भूमिः पुत्रो अहम् पृथिव्यः’ – the culture that considers the earth to be the mother. And when the Bharat Bhumi, becomes self-sufficient, it ensures the possibility of a prosperous world. India’s progress has always been integral to the progress of the world.

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