Written byShikha Chaudhry ·
No one will ever attach the word failure with Narendra Modi. The man has a cult following, his followers are ready to take any bullet (quite literally) for him, he has an incredible list of highest civilian awards from many nations. And, he keeps winning elections.
He has rendered the Opposition futile, and turned every situation in his favor.
Yet, failure is the word we chose for him today. Here's why.
Recently, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was asked if the current economic slowdown was because of cyclical or structural factor.
"It may be both, may not be both," Sitharaman said. "I don't have the luxury of sitting and looking at which way it's going." That's how clueless she is.
But, she isn't the problem, he is. He chose her, he ignored the early signs of slowdown, he brought demonetization and the ill-conceived GST.
From 2014-2019, every time Modi government was questioned on "Vikas", their knight in shining armor was Nitin Gadkari.
From undersea tunnel to ethanol-based public transport, he showed us many dreams. The reality, now is a diesel-run generator charging an electric bus, in Maharashtra, no less.
But, that's not the most tragically comic part. In August'19, PMO wrote to National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) urging it to discontinue constructing road. Reason? The financial stress of NHAI.
Status of the Pune-Kolad highway near Bhugaon temple. Everyday, it takes 30 minutes to cross just 1 km! Is this way we are going to build world class infra? Is the govt waiting some people to die? Everyday, close to 150 school buses ply on this road. @Dev_Fadnavis @nitin_gadkari pic.twitter.com/reALyPqWVs— Shefali Vaidya ஷெஃபாலி வைத்யா शेफाली वैद्य (@ShefVaidya) July 30, 2019
After economy and infrastructure, let's talk about the other cause close to Modiji's heart: Environment.
He is a master of glib - it leads to cheers and claps globally, and confusion back home. Ask the plastic industry, for one!
From ramparts of Lal Qila on Independence Day, he spoke about waging a war against single-use plastic. But, after much brouhaha, the government said they are planning to "sensitize public" and not impose a ban.
Khoda pahad, nikli chuhiya, Khattar ji?
See the reality bjp rally somewhere in Mumbai I don't know spreading knowledge of plastic modiji cleaning beaches. Here cutting aarey spreading pollution pic.twitter.com/yNPsTLtGSH— Atharv Gurjar (@dhruvratheeteam) October 18, 2019
Now, the deal is no sensible person, anyway, bought the Vikas dream after 2 years of Modi 1.0. We all established how farce it was, and at some level, made peace with it.
But, the biggest heartburn is the way Modi dealt with Hindutva cause. That a Kamlesh Tiwari gets killed in broad daylight and his supporters question liberals and not the (Un)Yogi Adityanath is atrocious. That a DGP asserts that the murderers were radicalized by Tiwari's speech is beyond redemption.
RIP, Savarkar. You deserved a better legacy.
While India is being metaphorically raped by Modi's half-baked policies, his leaders are actually RAPING India's daughters. From Sengar, Chinmayanand to Monserrate, you name it. One is also mighty disappointed by the way Modi has inducted (alleged) rapists, criminals, murderers in his party.
For all his tall promises, Modi and Co. couldn't clean Ganga, one bit. Modi, who claimed he was Ganga's beta, used her for shutterbugs (any resemblance with the real mother is purely coincidental) and ended up betraying her.
The ghats are as dirty, the roads are under-constructed, even the awareness levels amongst the locals remain the same.
Can the real Gadkari stand up now?
Amidst all the chaos, the man remains unperturbed. He knows he can win elections, his political acumen is unquestionable, his oratory skills are top-notch, his passion is indomitable, and his supporters are many. But by now he has broken many a hearts, many a promises.
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