Monday, May 4, 2015

HAS NARENDRA MODI CLEANED UP INDIA?

#CleanlinessDrive #IndependenceDaySpeech #JamesCrabtree 
The following article by James Crabtree seems extremely relevant for my blog & noteworthy for all my readers since it provides clearly a new picture of our Prime Minister Modi as against what people believed him to be before he won the elections with thumping mandate. I am sure the mission for cleanliness drive must be crying for justice & implementation in some govt. files since we know the ground realities are far too different from what the leaders say at the mike. This BIG DREAM appears to be evaporating in air. It doesn't need mere words but certain result-oriented measures however harsh they may be to get India clean.

Religiously, I go for morning walk every day to beach. The horrific sight of JUHU BEACH (visited by thousands of people every day was in an appalling stage, littered with paper glasses, plates, polythene bags, waste food and what not) today instantly reminded me of CLEANLINESS DRIVE that was launched by none other but the supremely powerful first man of India, Mr. Modi which was subsequently endorsed by a series of business tycoons, socialites, celebrities etc. Here is the article for you all that might force you to think about ...

The Article verbatim:

Narendra Modi won power promising to root out corruption. He has not got very far.

by James Crabtree / April 23, 2015 / Leave a comment
Published in May 2015 issue of Prospect Magazine


Supporters of the anti-corruption AAP party celebrate in February after a crushing Delhi Assembly victory over Modi’s ruling party. © Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters/Corbis.

Narendra Modi stood on the walls of New Delhi’s Red Fort on a blustery morning last August, a man at the height of his recently-acquired powers. It was his first Independence Day speech, and also the first given by an Indian Prime Minister born after the end of colonial rule in 1947. Coming just a few short months after his thumping victory in national elections in May, it provided Modi with the most prominent stage afforded to any Indian leader to outline his plans for the nation.

Not a man known for modesty, he began humbly enough, painting himself “not as the Prime Minister, but as the Prime Servant.” Dressed in a white kurta and flamboyant, flowing red polka-dot turban, he stressed his separation from India’s establishment, too: “Brothers and sisters, I am an outsider for Delhi… I have no idea about the administration and working of this place.” His hands jabbing the air for emphasis, he even made brief nods toward harmony between India’s many religions, and the importance of the rights of women—mentions that drew modest praise from anxious liberals worried that Modi might prove to be a right-wing firebrand, in hoc to the Hindu nationalist base of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Beyond the showmanship, there were hints of substance. As wind whipped around the ramparts, Modi laid out themes that would define his early period in power: an economic revival after years of stagnation; transforming India into a Chinese-style manufacturing powerhouse; and a focus on the concerns of the poor, from building toilets to sprucing up squalid streets. Yet on one issue—indeed, perhaps the most important that lay behind his electoral landslide—Modi had surprisingly little to say: corruption.

This was odd. India’s previous Congress Party-led government had wilted under a wave of lurid scandals, battering the otherwise honest reputation of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Billions went missing from budgets for the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010. A toxic mix of bribery and cajolery is alleged to have led to a number of valuable concessions being gifted to prominent industrial tycoons, at gigantic losses to the exchequer. Myriad other scams dominated the headlines, involving everything from bent public housing schemes to dodgy airport projects. Problems of day-to-day graft became more prominent too. India was placed dismally in global corruption surveys. Polls suggested more than nine in 10 Indians thought their country corrupt, and getting more so. More than half admitted to paying bribes.

James Crabtree, Financial Times, Mumbai

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