EDITORIAL

Modi govt. bungled Kashmir issue, ignored economic growth and defence preparedness

Written by IWP

The Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has mismanaged Indian economy and the eastern frontier’s Jammu and Kashmir problem.

The RSS installed a government, where the two wings of the government are working against each other in Jammu and Kashmir. The atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir is deteriorating day in and day out and the Union Government paying no heed to the issue.

Every Indian knows that our borders are not secure, whether it is the cross-border terrorism or internal terrorism, internal insurgency, all issues got messed up. These are issues today, which are the source of great worry to all our citizens and the Modi government has not found ways and means of tackling with this problem, it is very unfortunate.

The need of the hour was to recognise the problems of the restive state, while Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and we all must recognise that and we do recognise, but we also must recognise that our country needs to recognise the special problems of Jammu and Kashmir and we must deal with those problems with all seriousness. There is an urgent need for strong relations with the neighbouring countries.

The nation needs to work in that direction, whether it is Bangladesh, whether it is Pakistan, whether it is Nepal, whether it is Sri Lanka, whether it is other countries including China. We have problems but these problems are to be sorted out peacefully and not in an atmosphere of hostility and shouting at each other.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has become infamous in making all promises and failing to deliver on them. It is known that the BJP government has messed up the economy. When Narendra Modi was campaigning in 2014, he made lots of tall promises. Those promises have not been fulfilled. He said the BJP, if it comes to power will provide two crore of jobs, but India has not seen even two lakhs of jobs by now in 4 years of its misgovernance.

In the major economic reforms sector, namely demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST), which were brought in by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, brought no results other than killing hundreds of people across the nation.

The ill-thought and the ill-considered legislation with regard to demonetisation and hastily put forward legislation for GST have destroyed many jobs. They have created problems for small and medium industry and the informal sector.

The Economic Survey states that when the world economy has risen steadily from a growth rate of 2.8 percent in 2014 to a projected growth rate of 3.8 percent in 2018, the Indian economy has decoupled itself from the world economy. The main challenges faced by economy include education, health, agriculture and the employment.

The real agricultural growth has stagnated in the last four years, and the Economic Survey itself brings out the inadequacies of the approach of the BJP government in solving social and economic problems in the country.  Modi has made jumla-type statements on Indian economy from time to time.

Though the BJP government made tall promises as Modi himself said the BJP will double farmers’ incomes in six years time. If you have to double farmers incomes in six years time, you need a growth rate of 12 percent per annum as the minimum. And that is unthinkable. Therefore, it is one of those statements, which is merely a jumla-type statements, which is not likely to be achieved and Modi himself recognises that these are tall promises. Two crore jobs per annum is one of those promises, which again is a pipe dream mooted by the Modi government.

While this is so with other domestic sectors, India’s defence expenditure is inadequate that gives no dfence preparedness and in modernisation of its logistics to combat with China’s strategic and all times preparedness in eastern sector. One can find today that the defence expenditure of our country is no more than 1.6 percent of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), far too inadequate to meet the challenges that our security apparatus faces and needs.

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