Mainstream, VOL LII, No 33, August 9, 2014
Can Our Country have “Achhe Din” under Modi’s Government?
Friday 8 August 2014
After the victory of the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections of 2014—in which fairness was the main casualty—and the formation of Modi’s government, the BJP had loudly proclaimed that now the country would have achhe din or good days and there will emerge a new era in which there will be no room for dearness or mehangai, skyrocketing prices will disappear, the Indian economy will become strong and the policies of the UPA Government, which were anti-people, would be buried.
But no such thing has happened. On the contrary, during these achhe days prices of vegetables, foodgrains, fruits all have risen. There has been a burdensome hike of 14 per cent in Railway fares and flight rates have also increased. There have been increases in the prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas. The general Budget has completely disappointed the people as there has been no mention of welfare schemes.
What a great difference between slogans and stark reality!
Dr M. Hashim Kidwai
[Ex-Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)]
C-501, Rose Wood Apartments
Mayur Vihar-I, Delhi-110091