For a political party who has come recently to power, the first year is very crucial. This is the duration when the foundations of the promises made to the people by the dispensation are established. While India has seen many political leaders and parties come and go, its experience with most of them were unsatisfactory. The biggest example, we have is of the UPA-led government that had a whole decade at their disposal. Well, we all know how it turned out to be.
However, the case with the prevailing government is something else. It was Narendra Modi and he came with a bang.
This Day, That Year
On 26th May, 2014, Narendra Modi took oath as India’s 15th Prime Minister. Things have come full circle and the first year of Modi’s reign has just reached its end. In the last 365 days, if there is something the PM has effectively proved, then that is his ability to express the exact potential of the country. Making the US President Barack Obama visit the country twice, retrieving Indian who were stuck in the war-affected Yemen – in case you don’t find these as extraordinary feats, think and compare!
Narendra Modi – The Salesman of the Year!
5 Continents – 18 Countries – 54 days – $22 billion – The prime minister has been travelling non stop since the day he overtook the office. He signed deals worth 14,000 crores with countries like China, Australia, US, etc. Such has been his salesmanship qualities that highend car manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes have agreed to establish their manufacturing stations in India. Guess there won’t be the heavy import duties anymore.
Now, let’s discuss the in-country developments that he has been able to bring in these 365 days:
365 days of NO CORRUPTION
Surely he has put a brake in corruption. For all that we have witnessed in the last year, there were no scams, or instances of fund misuse. The government has remained transparent right from the beginning.
365 days of MAKE IN INDIA
The Prime Minister’s aggressive approach to make India a manufacturing giant started with the “Make in India” initiative. A boost to revive the ailing manufacturing sector has been instigated and the move has already pushed the industrial growth from -0.1% to 2.8%.
365 days of INITIATIVES
How much of what was promised has been achieved from the Clean India Initiative? Well, 4 million toilets have been built, and these are not just in homes, but railway stations, bus stops, and elsewhere. There has been a rapid progress in solid waste disposal management. 17,338 existing toilets in train coaches have been replaced with bio toilets under the banner of Swachh Rail-Swachh Bharat.
Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao was another great initiative to save the girl child and induce women empowerment (something that our Rahul Baba only talks about) in India.
365 days of MANN KI BAAT
I remember one “Mann ki Baat” session when Modi asked state administrators to shut down all traffic lights on a full moon night. Since the illumination can succinctly provide for the brightness, he emphasized that switching off these lights will help in saving a lot of electricity. So small, yet so meaningful, isn’t it? Hope that says it all!
365 days of OVERALL DEVELOPMENT
Proposition of 100 smart cities, Jan Dhan Yojana, Bullet Trains, Amendment to Juvenile act, Railway ticket home delivery, setting up new IIT, IIM, AIIMS, better relationship with neighbor and foreign countries – the list is quite long. Modi has helped in bringing development in all sectors.
Modi has rejuvenated hopes of the people of a country that were completely shattered a year back. He took charge of India when it was at its worst. But, he knew what he had to do. With simple yet practical words, he touched the topics of poverty, female foeticide, sanitization, women safety, and swadeshi, to name a few. He connected with the masses like no other minister of the higher echelon has ever done. He was lively and active whether it was online or offline. He made his presence felt, he wooed the people, he did it right and he did it in style!
AYT score for 1 year of Modi Governance – 9/10
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