Why Modi shouldn't celebrate 100 days

A month after assuming office, Narendra Modi had rued the absence in his case of the customary honeymoon period for a new prime minister. Now, the by-election setbacks and signs of dissonance at the top have cast a further shadow on his first 100 days as prime minister.

The sombre mood was not quite what he might have expected at the start of his tenure. The prime minister and his party were then on a roll, having achieved what they could not have imagined in their wildest dreams before the general election - an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha.

Modi's stature was at its zenith then, as was exemplified by his sitting on a throne-like chair on a platform to address the ministers and party men sitting some distance away at a lower level.

That his word was law was also evident from the fact that his approval was necessary even for the selection of staff by the ministers. He also reduced to silence those of his colleagues who spoke out of turn, as a minister in the Prime Minister's Office did on article 370 concerning Kashmir or Gen. V.K. Singh did on the new army chief.

Now, Modi's exalted position has received a glancing blow from the BJP's failure to perform up to expectations in the by-elections. And the evidence of a rift between Home Minister Rajnath Singh and another as yet unnamed senior minister has dented the government's image.

To what extent these intimations of political mortality will cramp the PM's style is not known. In all likelihood, it will make him all the more aware of the need to push ahead with greater vigour on both the administrative and political fronts.

There is little doubt that the perception that he is not living up to his reputation as a doer is partly responsible for the marginal slide in the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) electoral position.

As of now, there is little to show for his presence at the helm. The generally upbeat mood in the share markets is based more on the expectations of 'achhe din' or good days than on reality.

There has been no ostensible flow of foreign investment or of a surge in developmental activity such as the construction of roads and bridges. All that is palpable so far is a plethora of promises, whether it is bullet trains or e-governance or smart cities or bank account-based debit cards for the poor or toilets in schools and for women.

Admittedly, it is acknowledged that all these programmes will take time to be implemented. But the flip side of today's so-called aspirational generation is that their patience is seemingly limited. Unless there are visible signs of progress, even in the matter of cleanliness or "swachh Bharat", including a cleansed Ganga, the young appear to lose interest.

This is what seems to have happened in the electoral arena, suggesting that Modi's spin doctors may have overplayed the hype over the coming good days. Their exaggeration appears to have now boomeranged.

The scene might have been better if, for instance, the retrospective tax had been nullified to assure investors or a more determined effort was made to push through the bill on raising the foreign cap in the insurance sector instead of submitting to the Congress' obstructionism.

If some of the energy which the government has spent on shunting governors appointed by the previous regime had been diverted to these measures, then the overall impression of its effectiveness might have been more favourable.

It is also undeniable that the government has been hurt more by the words and deeds of its friends than its foes. While the latter had been in a state of demoralization till their spirits were revived by the recent by-poll results, there are people in the saffron camp like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat and the BJP gadfly, Subramanian Swamy, who have harmed the government's credibility with their uninhibited espousal of the Hindu agenda.

Arguably, the communal polarization caused by Bhagwat's assertion that India is a Hindu nation, and Swamy's letter to the PM on building the Ram temple helped parties like the Congress in Karnataka and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-Janata Dal (United) combine in Bihar to strengthen their Muslim base of support in the by-elections.

These parties must have also succeeded in eroding whatever little minority support which the BJP received during the general election by exploiting the provocative stance of some of the saffron stalwarts like Yogi Adityanath on the so-called 'Love Jihad' of Muslim youths intent on converting and marrying Hindu girls.

In addition, the anti-English stance of an outfit like the Angrezi Virodhi Manch, which intends to do away with English all over the country, cannot but reinforce the BJP's image of being a party of rustic, blinkered elements in what is known as the cow belt, which is the derogatory term for the Hindi heartland used by those who do not live there.

Considering that a main impetus behind Modi's rise was his reputation of being a modernist, the communal and language fanatics will be a drag on his rule unless he checks them. more  

Prakeshji, thanks for appreciating my post. more  
Modi is free to celebrate everyday and he will celebrate for sure. Media will cover all aspects with adding highlights for a better impact on nation. Achievements will be flashed. Good words will be pronounced to show good days have come. more  
This is the best opportunity post power coronation for BJP to walk the slogans of development and welfare of all irrespective of faiths and castes. Alas! great Modi saheb who managed to win the election on slogans of development is tacitly confiding in a politics of divide and rule via RSS, VHP and politicians like SomSangeet and Baliyan. Every time communalism has been practiced by BJP, it is Congress who has benefited, though equally devil. It is AAP who is source of hope for the weak, the downtrodden, the honest, the simple. the patriots, the common men and women and above all, all the right thinking people -and Kejriwal and his enlightened friends must come up and replace these opportunists in Congress and BJP. more  
Polarization, can at best, help the party in the short run. But it will harm society & the nation both in the short & long run. Also, one man rule has its serious limitations, this will become increasingly evident as the days go bye. Still, the govt carries a load of goodwill despite some recent set backs and it should concentrate on development and inclusiveness. more  
If anyone thinks MODI ji is NOT the LEADER when all Togadia, Bhagwat, Baliyan are speaking about HINDU, MUSLIM Drama, he or she wants to be NAIVE.
It is a PART of PLAN.
USE whatever it TAKES to EXTRACT VOTES.
There are Crores of Voters in India who will Vote for SOMEONE who will SAVE THEIR SO CALLED HONOR instead of other who will GIVE them cheap and best medical services, and low cost housing and electricity.
Crores of them . They voted for MAKING RAM MANDIR while their Sons worked like Animals and their family died in costly and fake private hospitals.
Perhaps as a society , there is LOT to learn. more  
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