Early days yet to judge Modi
Apropos of the column “Is PM Modi failing on the policy front?” (July 1), I feel sad that in a democratic country like ours, everything becomes debateable, even the performance of the PM! While I feel that it is not wrong to do so, I do find it strange that this expectation of accountability was never the case with previous governments which did not achieve even half of what PM Modi has set out to do. Perhaps India had no expectations then as there were no promises to keep either! PM Modi has actually started on a clean slate, as the previous governments have done almost nothing for the country for 60 years. Hence, I feel that as the public of a country, ready for a transformation, we should give the PM time to draw out a vision for India. It is important to take the time to draw out sensible policies and decisions. We do not want the pressure of tangible ‘policy implementation’ to rush them into poor policy making. India, which has never had any form of communication from the government, is today suddenly seeing every common man of India being talked to, which itself is the biggest communication achievement—a big leap forward. To dream big and to dream together and raise public positive sentiments is another achievement. PM Modi appears to me like a successful HR leader, ready to inspire and take his people to a higher level. A stable government, with the right aspirations and the unanimous support of the people of India can turn around our country.
PM must give up one-man act
Apropos of Santosh Tiwari’s column “Is PM Modi failing on the policy front?” (July 1), prime minister Modi seems fully committed to turn around the Indian economy, which has been ailing from years of sluggish growth. While the NDA government has been fast in proposing economic reforms, the prime minister must look to delegate powers to avoid any concentration of it, wither with himself or any within his Cabinet. Besides, he must avoid the one-man show if he is to attain speedy and judicious development and keep away corruption. Decentralisation of powers, responsibility and accountability among the team is needed in each and every sphere of administration to sustain values of a democratic government. Many important announcements relating to policies pertaining to taxation, banking, rural development and agriculture and land acquisition are yet to be implemented. At this juncture, the PM must look at taking the Opposition into confidence on vital policy issues and to get pending bills passed.