No, there is nothing new in Narendra Modi’s ‘New India’ vision, here’s why

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Updated: Mar 12, 2017 6:48 PM

Narendra Modi's victory in Uttar Pradesh has prompted a lot of jubilation amongst his supporters and when an excited Modi tweeted yesterday that "New India will emerge", he was clearly looking beyond 2019.

What exactly is this vision of this “New India”. Although development is the plank being touted, what is his vision of development? (ANI)

Narendra Modi’s victory in Uttar Pradesh has prompted a lot of jubilation amongst his supporters and when an excited Modi tweeted yesterday that “New India will emerge”, he was clearly looking beyond 2019. He may have set the tone of years ahead where he is promising radical changes by bringing in major economic reforms in the country. But What is new about the “New India” slogan. What exactly is this vision of this “New India”. Although development is the plank being touted, what is his vision of development?

Is his new India a vision of a myopic, fascist India where saffron rules? Where certain communities thrive or its of India which is democratic, liberal and secular. Even Congress has been talking about inclusive development, so what is new about Modi’s talk about development. The people of India would like a concrete roadmap. Look at last three years: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has not been able to achieve half of what he pledged–whether the target was clean -up of polluted Ganga or revival of the manufacturing sector.

It may not be an exaggeration if we say that last two years have largely been spent in soft diplomacy, visits to countries across the globe. Even though the new class is seeing Narendra Modi as the redeemer, will he emerge as one? People have been very tolerant about his low performance in the last three years.

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Where are the new for the 1m or so young Indians who enter the workforce each month: lack of power, the difficulty of acquiring land, restrictive labour laws and constant interference by bureaucratic and corrupt government inspectors have made sure that “New India” is a distant dream. People say he needs more time. Before he took office, Mr Modi’s liberal enemies feared he would become a powerful, authoritarian Prime Minister who would impose or allow his religious backers to impose fundamentalist Hinduism on India’s heterogeneous population. And that is what he is doing to some extent.

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