Prime Minister Narendra Modi has remained the most “active political leader” after the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. During his first 365 days in office, he took a few initiatives that were glimpses of the good things for the country. But there should be thrust on translating the plans into reality.
This was the general view of youth invited by Hindustan Times on Saturday to discuss and assess one year of Modi in office. According to them, the government came up with a few initiatives like Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojana - to maximize the number of people with bank accounts, Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan - to keep public areas clean and ‘Mann Ki Baat’ - to get connected with the masses.
But the benefits of various government schemes, the youngsters said, should trickle down to the common people. However, they felt that judging the Modi’s performance in a year’s time is not a wise thing to do. Anant Khanna, CLAT topper from UP, said: “It is too premature to jump to any conclusion about his governance and achievements. Those who are raising issues of farmer woes due to unseasonal rain must realize that there are certain responsibilities that rest with the state government. Similarly, you cannot blame the prime minister for issues like women safety. The state has to provide security to its citizens.”
The youth, who have kept a close watch on the prime minister’s initiatives, feel that it would not be fair to say that Modi confined himself to petty issues. They, however, appreciated his efforts to bolster the country’s defence. Ritwik Sharma, a private employee, said “India is surrounded with countries like Pakistan, China and Sri Lanka. The defence deal is critical here. In case there is a war-like situation, at least the PM has ensured that India’s defence sector is not compromised with.”
But there were a few students who completely disagreed with Anant and Ritwik’s views. “Nothing concrete was done during this one year. People may say that it may be too short a period to judge a government, but I don’t think it is that less. I am still not able to see any clear-cut strategies for execution of various ideas that he has been sharing with people,” said Mudita Singh, organising secretary, HELP.
Prankur Singh, a student of Lucknow University, is disappointed with the Modi government. “If I were to prepare a report card on one year of Modi Sarkar, the result would be below average. There was no direct benefit to any section of the society. Achhe Din was supposed to be a phrase for all the classes, but it doesn’t seem so,” he said.
However, the youngsters are happy that the prime minister made his presence felt on the international platform. For Wajiha Alim, the biggest achievement of the Modi government has been that it stayed in “active mode” throughout the year.
“He made his presence felt by visiting different countries and responding quickly to the earthquake in Nepal and floods in Kashmir. He was also accessible to the common people through radio programmes like ‘Mann ki Baat’. But it is too early to judge his achievements in one year,” added Waziha of Lucknow University. Other youth like Zain Mahdi (of Amity University) and Yamini Tuli (of La Martiniere Girls College) believe that the prime minister would do wonders by the time he completes five years in office. “Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and Mann Ki Baat are just some innovative steps which no other prime minister thought of doing in the past,” says Yamini. According to Zain one has to be patient in judging the performance of Modi and not jump the gun.