Narendra Modi has an “ash touch” because everything that he touched has reduced to ashes, and today India is standing on the brink of a disaster.
By Rakesh Raman
You can find the story of King Midas in Greek mythology. He had the ability to turn everything he touched into gold. This unique skill is known as the golden touch or the Midas touch.
A small group of Indian politicians who blindly support India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi compare him with King Midas. To stay in Modi’s good books, these politicians extol him excessively at every conceivable opportunity.
India’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting, M. Venkaiah Naidu, tops the list of blind politicians who leave no stone unturned to praise Modi without any reason.
Naidu said Tuesday that the country is fortunate to have a leader as Modi who thoroughly knew the challenges before the 21st Century India, although Modi’s academic acumen is repeatedly being challenged in intellectual circles.
In order to show his loyalty to Modi, Naidu also released a book “Modi’s Midas Touch in Foreign Policy” on Tuesday. According to a government statement, the book is about India’s foreign policy under Modi’s rule during the past two-and-a-half years.
But Naidu and his ilk do not understand – or do not want to understand – that Modi does not have any Midas touch or golden touch. Rather, Modi has an “ash touch” because everything that he touched has reduced to ashes.
While Modi is patting on his own back by singing the song “मेरा देश बदल रहा है…आगे बढ़ रहा है।,” all the projects that he touched are headed for the graveyard of those promises that failed to live up to their hype.
Modi’s background clearly shows that he lacks academic and political skills to run a poor, underdeveloped country like India. He won the 2014 Lok Sabha election for his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by telling lies to the poor voters – most of them are uneducated.
In his pre-election speeches, Modi promised jobs for the youth, economic development for the country, and overall prosperity (अच्छे दिन) for the people of India.
But in the past over 2 years of his rule, the country has come on the brink of a disaster while Modi and his equally incompetent ministers – with the help of corrupt Indian media – are presenting fake economic data to hoodwink the people of India.
According to a leading industry association ASSOCHAM in India, sharp drop in merchandise exports has contributed to a loss of 70,000 jobs, although Modi had promised to create 40 million jobs in the first two years of his government.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury criticized the Modi government by saying that Modi has failed to fulfill his promoise of providing 20 million jobs (in a year) and people are, in fact, losing their jobs under Modi’s regime.
“The promise of 2 crore new jobs every year is never repeated now. This year, -0.43% jobs LOST from April-June,” Yechury said.
If you do not have proven record of success in the related field of work, you are not eligible to hold any government position such as a minister. Unskilled ministers and bureaucrats are destroying our country. ~ Rakesh Raman
Moreover, ASSOCHAM reveals that for the first two quarters of the fiscal 2015-16, the country’s merchandise exports had dropped by over 17%. The fall in exports continues even this year despite advantage of a low base.
As a result, the unemployment situation in India has gone so bad in the past about two years of Narendra Modi’s government that it is soon expected to trigger a social unrest in the country. In 2015, India added the fewest organised-sector jobs —in large companies and factories — in seven years across eight important industries.
Although Modi does not possess knowledge on any local or global subject, he prefers to spend a lot of his time on foreign tours to hobnob with the great and the good and deliver teleprompted speeches. Plus, his excessive razzmatazz on the streets of India is disturbing most Indians who are facing extreme poverty and hunger in the country.
While Modi is ignoring the harsh realities, the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, observes that India is facing extreme hunger, illiteracy, and disease. Recently, Mukherjee said if India has to take its rightful place in the comity of nations, it must free itself from hunger, illiteracy, disease, and destitution. It was a kind of subtle advice to failing Modi.
Plus, an Indian political leader Mayawati has stated that Modi may trigger a war with Pakistan to hide his failures. And this seems to be a fair assessment, given the fact that Modi – with his poor intellectual ability – will not be able to solve any problem of Indian citizens.
He is aimlessly delivering loud slogans to gain cheap publicity, as empty vessels make the most noise (अधजल गगरी छलकत जाए).
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