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Modi and BJP May Have to Pay a Price Like Vajpayee in 2004 for just Rhetoric than Action
The Rise of Modi
Narendra Modi led the BJP to a historic victory in the 2014 election. It was a great first as after 30 years a party had won an absolute majority in the lower house( Lok Sabha). Modi on his own won 282 seats and that gave him an absolute majority. Here was the big chance of cleaning the Augean stables and leading India forward. India which was the leading country in Asia in 1948 and with Japan destroyed, the Indian nation had an excellent chance of taking over the mantle of leadership in Asia. The British had left an iron frame network of excellent administration and a great army that had proved its mettle in two World wars. All that was required was to build on this edifice, yet the Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru failed the nation grievously. He failed to realize what is free market economics and also what it means to have a strong army as an instrument of national policy. and power projection.
He allowed the finest fighting machine in Asia to go to seed and now it's not worth recounting that the Indian state created a danger on its border by allowing Tibet to be destroyed by China. In addition, he failed to cement Indian control over the border areas and the result? India lost 30000 square miles to China in Ladakh. Worse he destroyed the concept of nationalism by allowing the formation of linguist states, as he sowed the seeds of fissiparous tendencies.
Nehru has gone but the men who followed him were in the same mold and nothing changed as the Indian army was defeated in 1962 and failed to even defeat Pakistan in 1965, though being 5 times bigger than that country.
The arrival of Modi has not changed anything and the downward slide continues. He has been unable to arrest the Indian slide and now we have an economy that is in a tailspin as it crashes down and a demoralized army. Modi has not read Clausewitz or the great thinkers of the past, that is the reason he is unable to comprehend what is a global power and how a nation becomes great.
Modi and Promises and Miles to go on Rhetoric
Narendra Modi became the prime minister. He promised a lot, but the only thing which he touted was his humble origin. He claimed to be a man from a poor background, but to lead a nation the requirement is not a background but a global vision.He faulted on these counts.
Firstly, he announced with great fanfare the sanction of "One Rank One Pension"(OROP) for the soldiers as per the approval of two parliaments and the Koshiary commission. He developed leaden feet in sanctioning the OROP and ended by approving a pension and pay code which was not as approved by parliament. He followed up by stopping the issue of rations in kind to the officers and is looking for ways to curtail the canteen facilities of the soldiers. He is to be faulted for not sanctioning Nonfunctional upgradation(NFU) of pay for the armed forces with the result that civilian counterparts draw more than 50% in salary and perks compared to the man in uniform. It does not happen anywhere and yet this is a fact in India.
Probably Modi who has never read Clausewitz or the great thinkers like Sun Tzu must be faulted as he has failed to realize that the ONLY instrument of power and prestige in the world is armed might. Sadly he has not backed the army as the elite force in this country. Wonder if he sees how the USA projects its power.
The economy needed a push but he depressed it with some hair-brained schemes like demonetization and now GST.A seasoned leader and former finance minister Yashwant Sinha have adversely commented on these acts of Modi. This is not the place for a detailed discussion here, but the fact is that 40 of the biggest Industrial houses have declared bankruptcy The economy is in a tailspin and investment has gone down. The country is laying greater stress on in inconsequential matters like cow protection and the banning of beef than urgent economic matters.
There is the talk of bringing Ram Rajya and yet nobody has defined what this is. The country is facing an axis of Russia, China, and Pakistan and the OBOR project of China is moving forward and the Indian PM is just talking rhetoric. These are serious matters and with Trump not enamored of Modi, the writing is on the wall. India would be better off without this man at the helm when the elections are held 2 years hence.