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12 Amazing Accomplishments of Modi Government by 2016

 

Ever since the Narendra Modi government came to power, the cabal of Mainstream media and Opposition parties led by Congress backed by the Anti-Modi lobby has consistently tried to paint everything done in India black.  Every achievement has been run down.  Every initiative undertaken ridiculed.  It is time to take stock at what has been done.

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Before we go on with the achievements, it is important to see what the experts from the world have been saying about Modi and his government.  Here is a sample.

How the Global Experts Evaluate Modi

The legendary Marketing professor and expert – Philip Kotler talking about Modi in November, 2014 while speaking to corporate leaders, marketing professionals and faculty and students of MBA schools said that he was high on Modi and PM Modi felt like breath of fresh air.

In March 2015, Christine Lagarde discussed how after the Modi government came the inflation had come down to around 5% while revised gross domestic product (GDP) data was pointing to a growth at 7.4% and will help India better even China.  She had advocated further reforms for greater growth, which unfortunately have been blocked by the Congress.

In May 2015, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim found the policies and work of Indian PM Narendra Modi visionary.

What has Modi Government Accomplished?

Let us go through the list of accomplishments that Modi Government has notched up in the 2 years that it has been in power.  It is important to understand the speed, the efficiency and the earnestness with which these schemes have been envisaged and then executed.  I also challenge you to go to the official sites and check out the latest – often real time – Dashboards of the progress, with relevant KPIs and metrics for each project and program.  I have worked most of my life in Business Intelligence and Analytics implementing large programs to get the metrics created in Dashboards.  To do this kind of work even in the best of US multinationals within that short a time – sometimes because of data and sometimes because systems capturing data “don’t talk” – will be considered quite an achievement for even the best consulting team in US!!

That this has been done in Indian Government departments with the resources that we pejoratively call “Babus” – is nothing short of absolute miracle!  To understand and assess any work, we need to look into its context and background and then you will realize what has been done in real terms!

1 Minimum Government – Maximum Governance

The main aim of the government is not to be there and run up the bills on the money of the tax payers – but to govern!  And the best governance is when there is minimal government but efficient in its work.  And that is a major metric by which any government should be evaluated.  How many Ministers are used and what output they give for their effort?

Let us look at this metric.  Modi government has 65 Ministers compared to Dr. Manmohan Singh’s 2nd Ministry with 80.  That’s 20% less.  The work obviously has been more – which we shall see later.  But here is a visual of the Minimum government and Maximum governance.

This has the obvious cost savings.

The difference of 25 ministers would immediately relieve at least 375 government officials, employed as personal staff of these ministers.

The estimated amount of money saved by each minister would be around rs one crore every year and thus 25 ministers would save Rs 25 crore every year compounding to Rs125 crore in five years. The breakdown of the annual Rs one crore saving would be more than Rs 65 lakh withdrawn as salary of 15 employees, Rs six lakh allowances minister gets from the government under different clauses. And around Rs 25 lakhs he would get as part of the salaries and other benefits. Rest of the amount for his miscellaneous expenses.

Now this is the direct benefit.  There are other benefits of having a “lean, mean and flexible” bunch of ministers who make decisions!  The real metric / KPI is how much work or output can a group of ministers accomplish?  And that is where PM Modi’s cabinet scores very high!

2 Dissolving Committees and Planning Commission

Charles Kettering once accurately observed – “If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it.”

In UPAs time there were 9 empowered groups of ministers (EGoMs) and 21 groups of ministers (GoMs) in operation to take decisions on various matters before being presented to the Cabinet.  Do you see the redundancy?  Do you see the culture of shirking the work and inadequacy of the ministers to not make decisions on their own or even in groups?


Well, one big thing that Modi did was to abolish all this redundancy!  He also abolished the Planning Commission – which was a vestige from the Soviet era which still was being dragged on – well, because “it was the way we did work all the time”.  It was adding nothing much to the real development.  As anyone with any experience in corporate Enterprise Performance Management area will tell you budgets are the legacy of a past when rationing was key.  The flexibility and the focus on states was obvious.

E-Samiksha: is a portal where the action items for every ministry is monitored.   It is a real time, on-line system for monitoring of follow-up action on the decisions taken during the presentations made by different Ministries/Departments to the Prime Minister. The follow-up actions are updated by the ministry with the action item and it is accessed by PMO/Cabinet Secretary/Ministries and the Government Departments.  Now, that is responsiveness!

3 Foreign Trips = FDI Bonanza

I know someone personally who interacts with the Finance ministry bureaucrats and the word is that there is a lot of FDI waiting to enter India but has been held back due to stalling of reforms by the opposition.  And, this is despite the fact that India – per The Financial Times – has emerged as the biggest grosser of FDI in first half of 2015!

“A ranking of the top destinations for greenfield investment (measured by estimated capital expenditure) in the first half of 2015 shows India at number one, having attracted roughly $3 billion more than China and $4 billion more than the US,” the FT report said.

For context, India was ranked #15 in 2013, #9 in 2014 and #1 in 2015.  The trend is clear.

The world economy has been low in the past year or so.  And in that atmosphere, where China and other emerging economies are suffering, India has been getting more.  It could have been much higher had it not been for stalled Parliament.

source: tradingeconomics.com

Initiatives like “Make in India” have pushed the FDI up.  The “Make in India” initiative, for example,  increased FDI inflow in India by 48% as per April 2015 figures.

Infrastructure Initiatives

Infrastructure is the key to development.  If India has to develop, its infrastructure has to be enhanced and improved.  Here are some excellent initiatives for that:

4 ‘Setu Bharatam’ Program

This program will make all national highways railway level crossing free by 2019.  A total of 208 rail-over bridges and rail-under bridges will be built at a cost of Rs 20,800 crores in this program.  Besides 1,500 decade-old bridges will be reconstructed and revamped for Rs. 30,000 crore.

In the latest Budget 2016-17, Rs. 19,000 crore have been earmarked under the Pradham Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), to connect all villages with roads .

5 Research on Cutting-Edge Science

Scientific fundamental research is probably the most important backbone for a great future of India.  It is imperative that we build infrastructure for fundamental physics and other science research in India.  This will help us build even great human infrastructure with local scientists getting to work at cutting-edge areas!

Gravitational Wave Research: In February 2016, the Union Cabinet gave approval for LIGO-India project (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory in India) which will be piloted by Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Science and Technology (DST).  This will be a state-of-the-art gravitational wave observatory in India in collaboration with the LIGO Laboratory in the U.S. run by Caltech and MIT.  An eight kilometre long beam tube at ultra-high vacuum on a levelled terrain will be constructed so that fundamental research on this cutting edge technology can happen.

Restarting Cold Fusion Research: In 1994, due to fuzzy and dishonest “scientific” pressure – the research on Cold Fusion technology was abandoned in India.  This answer explains how and why the whole debate and mis-direction happened.  Now the Modi Government is starting the work on Cold fusion.  The decision was made by a “high-level group” including two former chairmen of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE): Anil Kakodkar and Srikumar Banerjee.

Promises that were never kept – Being taken care of

For decades now, Indian public has been promised so many things which were never given.  “Garibi Hatao” (and its variations) has been a great slogan only given to fool the public in every election.  Even after 65 years, India didn’t have electricity in all the villages, proper roads, an efficient railways, closing on the disagreements with neighboring countries and even giving the Defense personnel their due.  And that is where this government has done things which even after so many decades had only been promised but never undertaken or closed.  So let’s take a stock.

6 One Rank One Pension (OROP)

Just two years after the Indian forces had won India one of the most spectacular victories in its history – the 1971 Indo-Pak war – and right after the star Field Marshal Sam Maneckshaw retired, Indira Gandhi’s government reduced armed forces pensions by 20-40 percent, while increasing civilian pension by 20 percent, without any consultation with armed forces headquarters.  That, ladies and gentlemen, is how OROP issue was started!  So, when Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi or other Congress leaders argue about how Modi government hasn’t done enough on OROP, it is important to lay out the genesis of the whole issue in front of them point blank.  The discrimination of the Armed Forces versus the rest of the government servants is the brain-child of the Congress itself!!

On March 14, 2016, that decision – where Indira Gandhi stabbed the Armed Forces in their back after the great 1971 war – imposed by Congress in 1973 was finally corrected and the pensioners received revised pension.  Over Rs 1465 crores were paid to the Armed Services personnel!

The government on Monday released revised pensionary benefits under One Rank One Pension (OROP) to over two lakh beneficiaries drawing service or disability pension. The amount along with first instalment of arrears had been released and credited by the Defence Ministry to the accounts of pensioners on March 1, 2016.

Could this have not done earlier?  Of course it could have been done.  But how do you expect the fox to raise the hens it is placed to look after while it feeds on them?!

7 Electrification of the Entire Nation – Rural and Urban Centers

The Modi Government has a target of bringing electricity to 18,452 villages by May 2018.  It seems the way the progress is happening, it will be completed by March 2017 – over an year ahead of schedule!

India’s electricity distribution is in a complete because of the distribution and how the distribution companies work.  Specifically the financials around the whole process.  To tackle these issues, the Modi Government, spearheaded by the Minister of Power Piyush Goyal – introduced the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY).  It is a financial turnaround and revival package for electricity distribution companies of India (DISCOMs).

UDAY has four components: (i)  improving operational efficiencies of discoms, (ii) reduction of cost of power, (iii) reduction in interest cost of discoms and (iv) enforcing financial discipline on discoms through alignment with state finances.

The turnaround will be done with the State Governments taking over 75 percent of the Discoms’ debt as of September 30 2015.  After this the State Government will pay back lenders by selling bonds. Discoms, on the other hand, are expected to issue bonds for the remaining 25 percent of their debt.

Andhra Pradesh was the first state to join the UDAY scheme.  By now 11 states have joined forces with the Central Government to get the Discoms back on track.  They are Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand.  Interestingly, the state where the AAP Chief Minister won on promising tackling the Discom mismanagement has given ths UDAY scheme a pass – leaving the Delhi-ites in the lurch!

8 Real Estate Bill Passed

Real estate sector is largely unorganized.  Buyers are at the whims and fancies of the developers – and some developers charge through the roof and keep changing the price goal post while the construction is on.  The new real Estate bill will help set up state-level Real Estate Regulatory Authorities (RERAs) which will regulate transactions related to both residential and commercial projects

Some good provisions

  • The bill mandates that builders to keep aside 70 per cent of the money received from buyers in a separate account. This amount can only be used for the project that the money has been paid to the builder.  Anyone who has dealt with the developers knows that these companies keep taking money from one project to another project and play merry go round with the moneys.  The result is that the dates of possession slip and penalties / charges keep changing for the buyers.
  • The builders used to be nonchalant about the delays in the project because it didn’t hurt them much at all.  They were paying only 2-3% interest in case of default / delays.  On the other hand, buyers had to give out 15-18% interest for their defaults.  The bill mandates builders to shell out an equal payment of interest for delayed possessions as compared to the interest it charges buyers on account of delayed payments.  Now both have a level playing field.  Also the time for builder to be accountable for structural defects is 5 years from the existing 2 years.
  • Another tactic that the builders used to fool the buyers was that they promised one set of built area in the beginning but would deliver something else.  Now that will be stopped.  The bill disallows sale of a property on the basis of ‘super area’ which includes both flat area and common area. Violation of this norm can lead to a three-year term for the developer.
  • Builders keep changing the original plan as it suits them for increasing profits.  That will no longer be allowed.  This new bill makes it compulsory for developers or builders to muster the consent of two-thirds of the buyers to bring about any changes to the original plan.
  • For builders, it provides them the assurance of better payment by the buyers.  The bill also imposes penalty on allottee for not paying dues on time. And the builder will have the opportunity to approach the regulator in case there is any issue with the buyer.

It is said that this bill will bring the home prices down as well.

9 Rejig of Air Defense System to save Rs 49,300 crores

Sometimes looking at things afresh and making sure that we have what we need, gives us a whole new way to save.  And, that is exactly what the Minister of Defense Manohar Parrikar did.  He got the 15 year old plan reviewed and it resulted in a savings of almost 50,000 crores INR.  Here are some of the points on this.

  • The recently concluded review, which involved a technical study by the air force and an evaluation of all available air defence systems in the world, has resulted in a consensus decision to cut down on purchase plans of shorter range missiles, senior officials have told ET.
  • Air defence strategy hinges around three layers – a short range system that protects high value installations upto 25 km, a medium range system that covers an area of around 40 km and a long range system for threats coming from further.
  • Sources told ET that the revaluation conducted by the air force concluded that with the S400 acquisition, the long term acquisition plan for over 100 each Medium and Short range systems have been cut down.
  • “The study found that we will require a much much lesser number of the shorter range systems. Minister Parrikar convinced the air force that according to its layered defence plan, the long range system (S 400) would make the larger number of MR SAM and SR SAM redundant,”
  • The S 400 is expected to cost $ 6.1 billion for five systems – the most expensive air defence system ever bought by India. But, on a per square km covered basis, if is the cheapest of known systems available globally.

Common sense steps to make sure programs and actions aren’t just useful but also cost effective are important.  And this government has ministers who can use a bit of common sense.

10 Operation Smile: Saving Missing Kids

Missing kids – due to so many factors – end up in hellish situations.  Most commonly either into prostitution or into bonded labor.  Minister of Home, Rajnath Singh started a program that rescued kids who had gone missing and reuniting them with their families.  As of September 2015, over 19,000 children had been rescued!

Nineteen thousand boys and girls rescued by a special initiative of the Union home ministry have similar stories: From being pushed into prostitution and bonded labor to ill-treatment by parents. Codenamed ‘Operation Smile,’ the drive pioneered by home minister Rajnath Singh has seen different state police and women and child departments step up efforts to rescue missing children, with Haryana and Maharashtra taking the lead.

That’s 19,000 reasons to feel good about a government that has compassion and empathy with the poor and disadvantaged.

11 Progressive Programs for Overall Development of India

These are some of the top programs started by the Modi Government:

  1. Digital India
  2. Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana
  3. Swachh Bharat
  4. Make in India
  5. Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana
  6. Atal Pension Yojana
  7. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana
  8. Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY)
  9. Suraksha Bima Yojana
  10. Krishi Sinchai Yojana
  11. Kaushal Vikas Yojana
  12. MUDRA Bank Yojana
  13. Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana
  14. DigiLocker Scheme
  15. Ebasta Scheme
  16. LPG Subsidy Pahal Scheme and Ujwala yojana
  17. Modi’s Sagar Mala
  18. Smart City Yojana
  19. School Nursery Yojana
  20. Nayi Manzil Yojana
  21. Gold Monetization Scheme

Let us talk about some of these programs.

Digital India: It is a program launched on July 1, 2015 by Narendra Modi  to “ensure that Government services are made available to citizens electronically by improving online infrastructure and by increasing Internet connectivity or by making the country digitally empowered in the field of technology”.  It has three main components – (i) The creation of digital infrastructure (ii) Delivering services digitally and (iii) Digital literacy.  It will be done via creating high-speed internet networks for connecting rural areas.  Check out this slideset for more details on the program – Digital India

Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana: launched on 28th August 2014, the Jan Dhan yojana is a National Mission for Financial Inclusion to ensure access to financial services, namely Banking Savings & Deposit Accounts, Remittance, Credit, Insurance, Pension in an affordable manner.  On the opening day itself, 1.5 Crore (15 million) bank accounts were opened!  What does the scheme give its beneficiaries?  Five main things:

  • Account holders will be provided zero-balance bank account with RuPay debit card, in addition to accidental insurance cover of ?1 lakh (US$1,500) (to be given by ‘HDFC Ergo’).
  • Those who open accounts by 26 January 2015 over and above the Rs1 lakh (US$1,500) accident claim will also be given life insurance cover of Rs 30,000 (US$450) (to be given by LIC).
  • After Six months of opening of the bank account, holders can avail Rs 5,000 (US$74) overdraft from the bank.
  • With the introduction of new technology introduced by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), a person can transfer funds, check balance through a normal phone which was earlier limited only to smart phones so far.
  • Mobile banking for the poor would be available through National Unified USSD Platform (NUUP) for which all banks and mobile companies have come together.

Here are the latest statistics:

Pradhan mantri Jan Dhan Yojana Progress Report
Pradhan mantri Jan Dhan Yojana Progress Report

Swachh Bharat:  It is a national campaign by the Government of India, covering 4,041 statutory cities and towns, to clean the streets, roads and infrastructure of the country.  It was launched by India’s PM Narendra Modi on Oct 2, 2014.  You can follow the statistics and progress state-wise at the official site of Swachh Bharat Mission.  You can download the reports in Excel format as well.  Here is one such report which details Physical Progress Reported by States – Swachh Bharat Report.  Based on the official site, the statistics of what the citizens of the country have contributed are pretty staggering.  They could be much better given the huge population, but they are amazing still.

Swachh Bharat

 

Pradhan Mantri Ujwala Yojna: On March 10, 2016, the Pradhan Mantri Ujwala Yojna was launched.  Under the scheme, Rs 8000 will be spent to give LPG connections to the rural poor.  After the appeal from the government and the ‘GiveItUp’ campaign, over 80 lakh people have already given up their LPG subsidy voluntarily.  People with income of over  Rs 10 lakh income were requested to give up the subsidy.

In the new budget for 2015-16, Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley earmarked Rs 2000 crores.

“Women of India have faced the curse of smoke during the process of cooking. According to experts, having an open fire in the kitchen is like burning 400 cigarettes an hour. The time has come to remedy this situation,” he said said in his Budget speech.

He had stated that the government has decided to embark on a massive mission to provide LPG connections in names of women members of poor households.

“I have set aside a sum of Rs 2,000 crore in this year’s Budget to meet the initial cost of providing these LPG connections. This will benefit about 1 crore 50 lakh households below the poverty line in 2016-17,” he had said.

This will help the rural poor – specially women – to have a better quality of life.

Ujwala yojna

 

12 The New Generation Reforms for Railways by Suresh Prabhu

Author’s Note:  Due to oversight, I had missed writing on the Railway Minister, Suresh prabhu’s accomplishments.  The comments from the readers made me realize it and I am rectifying it now.  Thanks for the great feedback!

Suresh Prabhu is another stellar minister.  Here are some of his most amazing achievement as Railways minister.

Smart Management: One of the best leadership things that Suresh Prabhu did was to change the way tenders were decided upon.  Now, all tenders of non-central nature or dealing with one zone, the General Manager will be the main accepting authority.  For tenders above Rs 500 crores, the authority will be a member of the Railway Board.  Minister has been taken out of the whole equation itself.

Financing from Life Insurance Corporation:  In a very interesting decision, Suresh Prabhu signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Life Insurance Corporation, railways will get a financing of Rs1.5 lakh crore over a period of five years to finance infrastructure works.

Launched e-catering service: Via the Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), Indian railways is now offering an e-catering service.  While in the train, a traveler can place an order for a meal just by making a phone call or sending an SMS. Here is the e-catering website.

Security via Helplines:   There are two helpline numbers now in Indian railways. “138” for medical emergency, cleanliness, food & catering, coach maintenance, linen etc. ‘182’ for any untoward or abuse issues.  These will be printed on the railway tickets so they are handy.

Smart services: Many smart services have been introduced to help the passengers.  Go-India Smart Card has been launched on two sectors: New Delhi to Mumbai and New Delhi to Howrah, where the card allows the passengers to pay for reserved and unreserved seats.  This will reduce the transaction time and also help reduce the corruption of the Ticket Checker (“TT” in local parlance).  Another initiative is the new e-Ticketing system which can now book 3.5 times more tickets per minute (which means 7200 tickets a minute) and helps take care of 200,000 enquiries.  For enhanced security of women, there is a Mobile Security app for women.  It will be implemented in a phased manner throughout the railway sectors.

Yatri Ticket Sewa Kendra (YTSK) Scheme: Under this scheme, agents of Indian railways will operate terminals at multiple locations in major towns and cities to issue reserved and unreserved tickets.

R.O. Drinking Water at Stations: RO drinking water will be provided at selection stations now – these are Madurai, Gadag, Tirupati, Guwahati Dwarka, H.Nizammudin, Patna  & Bhopal.

There are many great initiatives that Suresh Prabhu has undertaken and it will take a complete post – which I will write in near future.

Railways at Twitter Speed

Not just the Foreign affairs, but even the Indian Railways runs at Twitter speed now.  For example, here is an important tweet for the benefit of the public.

He highlights positive news and accomplishments.  For example, now passengers can rate the Indian Railways and its work.

How about a live band at the railway station?  Here Madgaon gets one.

Some other interesting information on the amazing work that Suresh Prabhu is doing.

Ok, so this makes the list go to 13.  So be it.  Please keep sending in more and more feedback!

 

13 Breath-taking work by External Affairs Ministry

Indian ministries could hardly even work at snail’s pace earlier.  It was almost as if nothing worked.  Now, the External Affairs ministry works even based on a tweet!  A simple request or appeal to the minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj leads to action around the world.  The entire machinery is activated and the people who are Indian citizens are taken care of immediately!  This minister works are Twitter’s pace.  This tweet says it all.

Smt Sushma Swaraj and Gen VK Singh have created a kick-ass team to do things which no other team in history has been able to do in External Affairs area in India.

Tweets aren’t the only way to get help.  A special portal has been created for the Indian Embassies to take action on issues concerning Indian citizens.

AAP MP Bhagwant Mann said in the budget session in March 2016:

Recently, 13 people of my constituency were made slaves in Saudi Arabia. I went to meet external affairs ministry officials who acted immediately. As a result, all these people and eight others were saved and finally returned safely,”

But the best compliment was given by his colleague from AAP, Dharamveer Gandhi.

“I will not ask any question. I have stood up only to thank the minister. We always get her help whenever needed. She has done a lot for the people of Punjab,” Mr Gandhi said.

She has been praised across party lines.

Here are some of the actions that anyone will be proud of.

 

In one case, in a merchant ship which caught fire, two Indian citizens died.  One had over 70% burns and the other didn’t.  On inquiry from the brother of one, Sushma Swaraj personally looked into the matter and came back with updates.  This is just mind-boggling in speed, compassion and the effectiveness of the government!

yemen - Sushma Swaraj

This is besides the Iraq evacuation where 168 Indians were rescued.

168 Indians Rescued from Iraq
168 Indians Rescued from Iraq

And the crisis in Yemen, which needed a massive evacuation effort across various nations.  That didn’t stop her.  Or her colleague General VK Singh – who was on the ground to make it happen and left in the very end from the danger zone!

Massive Yemen Evacuation
Massive Yemen Evacuation

This was the response of the countries whose citizens India evacuated along with its own! Jon Williams is Foreign Editor ABC news and Michael Steiner is the German Ambassador.

Need we say more?

 

 

 

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105 Comments
  1. jyotirmoy sarkar says

    wonderful. well organized and very informative post. came to know few new things. thanks for sharing.

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Hey thanks so much, Jyotirmoy! Glad it helped 🙂

  2. Arun says

    Nicely list of great work by the current government. The PM and most of the ministers are doing a wonderful job. Hope they get another term and make us developed nation.

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Agree with you totally, Arun! The key is that all the main ministers at least are doing a kick-ass job!

  3. Kishor Kumar says

    Modi Govt. has had their own good and bad points. Nice article for highlighting the good points.

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      I think the media makes up enough and more bad points for the people to keep depressed somehow. It is important sometimes to check out the reality as well 🙂

      1. satyanarayan says

        I have stopped watching all news channel now a day except DD News. Govt is doing lot of work with transparency/responsibility/ accountability . I am happy that you have organized all the good work and shared with us..otherwise we would have not know this thru any Media house.

  4. Raj says

    Hi Desh!
    Loved to read something so positive in the morning! Reading the work done by Modi government motivates me to keep working persistently!!

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Hey Raj – yup its important to have something positive happening in life – otherwise this biased media will make it look all dark!

  5. Aniruddha Shrivastava says

    Amazing. It is very unfortunate situation that these achievements needs to be told as they wont be otherwise by mainstream media.

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Isn’t that sad, Aniruddha? Those who should report the truth, aren’t doing it at all. And, that is where we all bloggers come in! You, me and all the rest of us. Lets do what these journalists should have!

      1. Sachin Chaudhary says

        u r doing fantastic work Mr.Kapoor…..Country need more bloggers than u & more reporters like Sudhir Chaudhary & Rohit Sardana

        1. Desh Kapoor says

          Thanks, Sachin! I value your kind appreciation 🙂 Thanks my friend!

    2. Nilesh Kamath says

      This Author is lying through his teeth. Most of his figures are reported in mainstream media and that’s exactly where he has borrowed it from. And btw he was so lazy that he used figures from May 2014 without even bothering to cross check the facts with todays nos. In 2014 there were 45 Cabinet Ministers in NDA 2…now there are 64…while UPA 2 had 70…that is why he got his difference of 25. 70-45..btw here is the article from 2014…he did not even bother to revisit his article so much for TRUTHFUL REPORTING.

      http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-narendra-modi-saves-rs-125-crore-by-keeping-cabinet-small-1991782

      1. Desh Kapoor says

        HI Nilesh – the problem with you is that you CANNOT read. I have NOT mentioned the Cabinet ministers in Modi government to be 45, in fact I have said that they are 65 AND I have given the link to the site which has the latest count. The number of ministers in MMS government was 80 and I have given the link for that as well. All the readers who can read very well have been able to check the figures out for themselves. This link from DNA I have used to suggest how savings happen when the government is smaller. So, before you go on with your blabbering, learn to AT LEAST read!! It would better to do that first before you shoot from your backside again. Ok? As for the rest of the figures – I have taken them from the actual dashboards which are updated on a regular basis or the news. Unless you are everywhere, you need to go with the data that is available – so your charge on the inaccuracy is laughable at best!

        1. NILESH says

          Are you a moron not to understand in what context I made those comments. You and those other people commenting on your non-sensical article while deriding the. MEDIA for been biased Quote sources from the same media to back up your claims.

          Also you need to revisit what you have written twice over, you used nos. From DNA article but which said NDA would save 125 Cronin with only 45 Cabinet Minister but you forgot to research how much the additional 20 Ministers would bring down that saving by.

          1. Desh Kapoor says

            Again, you are blabbering away because you have your own problems. The place where the Rs 125 crores savings is mentioned is a QUOTE from the DNA article, not what I HAVE WRITTEN! I think its obvious to any sane person that the quote shows the kind of savings that happen. The media is biased on the way it interprets and analyzes the data. It is biased in the way it shares the data. But it has no control over how the data is and it has to share the data correctly or it will be sued by the authorities. So, yes the media is biased in the way it presents everything and gives opinions when it needs to provide news. But the data HAS to be correct or else it gets slapped! Therefore, I don’t see what your “context” or “argument” is.

            You obviously cant read, nor can you understand the difference between a quote and the writing of the author but you are also a remarkably prejudiced character to keep frothing because you cannot handle facts and figures! Grow up will you?

  6. Sneh says

    Wow. .. Modi govt is doing a great job!!!

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Hey Sneh – he indeed is 🙂

  7. Amit Agarwal says

    Amazing facts in great detail. Wish your post goes viral in India atleast.

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Thanks so much, Amit-ji for such a great thought 🙂 Cheers sir! 🙂

  8. Rahul says

    Great read and I am hoping this kind of articles will bring some sanity in people who are opposing without any reason. Although you forgot to include the amazing work done by Minister of Railway, Mr. Suresh Prabhu. He has been working hard and face of railway is way more cleaner and friendly towards citizens who use railway to commute.

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      HI Rahul – good catch! I did forget to mention the work of Suresh Prabhu. I will add that in today to make it better. And, this was written with that thought – to bring in a reality check 🙂

  9. Arun says

    That’s a great compilation of Modi government’s accomplishments!

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Hey thanks Arun! 🙂

  10. dNambiar says

    Wow!! So impressive — both, the achievements of the present government and the homework you’ve done, Desh. Thank you for these great posts.
    Have a great week!

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Thanks, Dee! It did take some work getting everything in one place. Thanks for appreciating these posts!

  11. Priyanka says

    And what will everyone echo? INTOLERANCE.
    Great post, Mr. Kapoor!

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Hey Priyanka – yeah I agree. That is how things work these days in the country now sadly 🙁

  12. blokes says

    Fantastic post Desh! Long time no “see”!

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Hey blokes! Good to meet again 🙂 thanks for the appreciate buddy. Hope things are good. 🙂

  13. Ravi Ranjan says

    One of the most authentic writeup ; simply outstanding. Many thanks.

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Hi Ravi – thanks so much, buddy! I reckon we all have to do our bit to bring a reality check amidst the negativity that the MSM is spreading!

  14. Raj Singh says

    Good informations. Pl also touch upon the initiatives of Modi gov. On human resources development, I.e. education policy.

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Thank you Raj Singh ji! I will try and add those pieces in as well. Thanks again for your feedback and such a constructive comment! 🙂

  15. Mahaveer says

    Very well written document, people need to be educated what is happening around, I would add some more details of what is happening in Railways, Suresh Prabhu is doing commendable Job,

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Hi Mahaveer – thanks so much!! I have added a complete section on Suresh Prabhu now. Great feedback!

  16. Jay says

    surprised that there is no mention about the amazing work by the Railway ministry!

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      My bad! 🙂 Have corrected it now. Thanks for the critique, Jay!

  17. Sharath says

    Desh, well written article for anyone wants to understand what the government is doing. But, please correct your numbers about the number of ministers in the government, there are 65 minister in all. You can get the details from the below website:

    http://pmindia.gov.in/en/news_updates/portfolios-of-the-union-council-of-ministers-2/

    Also, the ministers portfolio details are outdated, a notable anomaly above is inclusion of Gopinath Munde as minister who is unfortunately not even alive anymore.

    Thanks.

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      HI Sharath – great feedback! I have made the changes in the Council of Ministers point #1 and also added a section on Suresh Prabhu in there. Thanks for keeping me honest, buddy! 🙂

  18. U K says

    Well researched and beautifully presentedin such a fashion that one and all would understand. The other day on FB I had seen a poll put up by someone on Modi rule. 70% population of a community staying in rural areas blindly said “we don’t want Modi”. That is understood, what surprised me was the most of the 30% of that community in urban areas knew that changes were happening, good changes were happening and supported in the poll saying they would definitely think of giving Modi Government another term. I think that too is an achievement. If we give them proper time, the changes would be seen. Of course 10 out of 100 things we expect may not happen, but we need to look at the larger picture and let the 90 other things happen peacefully to benefit all. UPA should for once help in doing something good to the country by not opposing each and every thing in the house..- my personal views.

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      I couldn’t agree with you more, UK! The sad part is that people just keep harping on one or two things and keep trashing him all the time. It is sad but that is how many behave. The result will be to bring down their own future.

      Thanks for the appreciation, buddy!

  19. krishna says

    How come media not aware of this data ?? why they are not at all interested to tell this things. I was very dispointed with our media works. We should not believe them. 🙁

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Yes, Krishna, I agree! It is all available – if someone were to just check. Mainstream media is totally useless!! Thanks for the comment!

  20. kamesh says

    80-65 = 15 and not 25. Why don’t you proof-read before publishing ?

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Hello Kamesh – thanks for your comment! The number 25 is mentioned in the quote from an article that discusses the way savings happen. The data that it uses is from when the first ministries were distributed. At that time, the difference was 25. I have in my article, however, used 20%, which is the percent difference between 80 and 65. Thanks for the feedback, Sir… I value it a lot! Cheers.

  21. Sayali says

    An amazing compilation.. I applaud the efforts that went into collecting the data and compiling it into a wonderful, clear and factual article.

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      HI Sayali – thank you so much!!! It did take some time to get it all together… but appreciation from readers like you and the fact that it is needed in today’s time helps 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  22. Shantala says

    So well written! This needs to go viral. I will surely share it across my social media.

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      HI Shantala – hey thanks a lot for the appreciation! Yes, it needs to go viral just for setting the record straight! Thanks again, buddy!

  23. Rishi Kapoor says

    Tell us more about why the farmers are still committing suicide and those below poverty line haven’t managed to come above?

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Sure, I will. Wait for my post on that. Meanwhile do an experiment – stay hungry for 65 days – no food and no water. Then try eating for just 2 days while I slap the heck out of you. Lets see if you can survive, forget helping anyone! Either you have just landed from Mars or you are waiting for a “Savior”. Let me break it to you, Rishi, Saviors do not happen. Specially in a society which is cynically masochistic and delusional. There are people who out love for their own ideals will work hard despite the odds and somehow make things better. Otherwise, I can’t think of a sane reason why a 65 year old man would work 18 hours a day for a populace which wants to trash him because he can’t turn their shit into gold. SO, dude, next time you want gold, stop shitting and expecting someone to turn it into gold. Get off your arse and work hard to get the gold. India is as much yours as it is Modi’s. What have YOU done for the farmers? Or to alleviate poverty? I have listed 12 things that he and his team have done. Where’s your list?

      1. Rishi Kapoor says

        Desh – I don’t have to show my report card to anyone on what I am doing for the farmers. I don’t blow my own trumpet neither I want someone like you to blow the trumpet on my behalf. The problem is in the last 2 years is nothing has changed from this front. In fact the death of farmers continue at the same pace, if not more. Have you lost anyone innocent in your family? May be not!!

        You said you have listed 12 things. Please tell me what has changed for a common man in the last 2 years. The middle class and the cattle class continue to grapple with the same problems like they did when Cong/UPA govt was in place. Infact it is getting worse for the mango people with so many rate/interest cuts in this budget session.

        Another aspect, price of crude oil is 1/3rd now since this govt came into power. Why hasnt that come down proportionately for the benefit of the common man? BJP promised to strengthen INR when they are in power. Look now! It has gone the other way round. The jewelers who voted Modi bhai to power are now hating him to the core. The same is true for other businesses. And there are several underlying issues which I hope you will write about in one of your upcoming articles. Try to be unbiased next time. Do justice to your profession. You will meet your creator one day.

        1. Desh Kapoor says

          Rishi – the pesticides, the fertilizers and the destruction of top soil without the scientific measures has been happening for over a century now. The Green Revolution’s contribution into the destruction of Punjab’s agriculture – after the initial high – is also well known. The WTO mess that Congress had created to the detriment of the farmers is also well known. Thankfully latter was taken care of by Nirmala Sitharaman’s astute work. But if you expect the mess that was created by decades of bad agricultural foundation to be sorted out in 2 years, you must be smoking some of the Afghani dope that Punjab’s farmers are on now!!

          What has changed? Ask those who were brought back from Iraq, Yemen and many other places. Ask those who were trapped in slavery in Saudi Arabia and were rescued. Ask the Armed forces personnel about the money they got in OROP – after the Congress had screwed them up since 1972! Ask those who have benefited from the bank accounts. Go check the villages which NOW have electricity AFTER 6 decades of freedom! As for bringing up the “Aam Aadmi” – lets not get into that side of politics please. I was born and brought up in Delhi, but I maintain that Delhi-ites are the biggest idiots in the country for bringing in that joker with such majority. And now they are crying over why he isn’t doing anything. Why CCTVs havent been installed? Well, anyone with even an iota of common sense would have seen through his crap back then. Rs 5000 * 200,000 CCTVs = Rs 100 crores complete expenditure. And who will pay for setting it up? The other infrastructure? More importantly, who will pay for storage of petabytes worth of videos produced in just a month? And the analytics of those videos? Have you heard of Big Data Analytics? Go ask someone and he will tell you that this IIT engineer was talking from his arse!

          Now, about the price up and down. When prices go up, the prices in India NEVER go up proportionally. You know why?! Because the government gives subsidies. Guess who pays for that? Martians? If you don’t get the full force of the price increase hit, why would you get the full benefit of the price decrease relief? Somewhere the moneys need to be balanced. Given where the Mid East and Russia is today, experts do believe that O&G prices are headed north. Would you also come back to this blog and wonder why you aren’t being hit by that like say, the Americans are? And I mean a FULL COMPLETE HIT based on the market price!

          Finally, I don’t give a rat’s ass about being biased or unbiased. I write things the way they ARE. No political correctness. You don’t like my version, challenge it. But challenge it with FACTS! Not rhetoric! And add some common sense to it. Don’t go around with the nonsense of how 60 years of messing up the land can be cured in 2 years. Like I said, you need to go on a detox – where you are starved for 60 days (2 months) and then given to eat food but slapped every minute. Maybe you will get some of the common sense back to understand things in perspective. Otherwise your selective righteousness that suddenly woke up 2 years back and has been poking you every day after over half a century of slumber – will drive you crazy 🙂

        2. arjun says

          can u tell what change u see in last 60 years before these 2 years . Anlayse properly and then comment…Did u hear about any scams in the last 2 years from the BJP govt ? In order to have the One Tax for all in place ..Excess tax has been imposed on the businesses. later they will realize

  24. Tishya says

    Very informative post.Needed when there is a consolidated attack by the opposition

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Hey thanks Tishya!! IT is needed in these times! 🙂

  25. Dinesh says

    HRD Ministry, Road & Transport ministry also doing speedy works but you have not given any space for them?

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      HI Dinesh – I wanted to address more aspects but could not. Will do so in the subsequent posts. THanks for your feedback, Sir!

  26. Reji says

    At least correct the basic spelling errors like ‘Raiways’.
    Please remove OROP – it was a sham. Now it is ORFP -One Rank Five Pensions, before it was ORTP -One Rank Ten Pensions.

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      HI Reji: Thanks for pointing out the typo, its been corrected.

      As for OROP, I think its a major achievement of this government. Let us understand why: For over 4 decades, the pensions and salaries of the Armed Personnel were off from the bureaucrats. The salaries of bureaucrats were increasing without the commensurate increase in salaries of the Armed forces and the budgets and 5 year plans were prepared based on that. Taxes were levied based on those calculations. Now, all of a sudden, we have a Government which wants to take care of the situation. While as citizens, everyone wants the Armed Forces to get their due. It cannot, however, mean that 4 decades of financial injustice is rectified in ONE! That will break the back of Indian fiscal system going forward. What we are talking of is the baseline. Have we adjusted our taxes per this? Have we adjusted our revenues per this increase? All these 4 decades??! The answer is NO!

      I understand you come from a Communists-led state, where market economy has no meaning and where its fashionable to go bust – but at the end of the day, someone’s gotta pay for all this. One does appreciate your love for Armed Forces but it would have stood them in even greater stead if you had woken up a couple of decades earlier. To prudently carry out your wish-lists, you are off by about 4 decades for crying out for the Armed forces! So lets get real.

      1. Ramswamy says

        Sorry to note , even in 2016 people of india are having time to find typo errors and not happy to see the main mind set change of the Govt to perform better. Anyway Mera Desh Mahaan. I hope there will be a day soon when people of India appreciate and participate in cleaning the dirt inside, this will very largely effect what we see outside in public.

        1. Desh Kapoor says

          Can’t agree with you more sir! Its easy to be negative and trash everything positive happening than looking at things which work properly. And such people are coming to the topic from a pre-created mindsets. Cheers!

  27. Pramod says

    Desh – Very nice post. Felt nice to read every minister of the new government is coming up with their innovative ideas to make our India a better place in all sense. Do keep writing such post and keep motivating others with your positive attire that you are doing. God bless you with the everlasting happiness and lots of good luck and success in your activities..!!!

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Pramod – honored and blessed to get such appreciation! Will try my best to share more positive and uplifting information. Thank you for such lovely blessings and may you have a blissful day and exuberant life ahead!

  28. Ram says

    With all these achievements, why are BJP Spokespersons talking only about divisive issues on national television? As per them everyone who disagrees with the current government is ‘Anti National’. With friends like these…..

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      In a day, do you only eat or do you also exercise and shower/clean yourself? Why do you shower when eating is enough? A Government not only does things that are needed to take the country forward but also effectively handles events/people/groups which can stop/slow the progress or harm the country. The harm-factor exists at many levels. As we can see, the entire campaign of intolerance was geared only for Bihar elections. Now everyone is happy and cozy with their awards. And, we also saw who all were bedfellows in this game to destabilize the government for their own political purpose. Didn’t we? Historians/so-called intellectuals etc were conniving with Congress and Left to give them a boost in Bihar elections. Once that was done – now everyone is quiet and has their awards stashed away in their homes.

      You may not have listened or watched all the press interactions of the BJP ministers – they talk only about development and projects that they have completed. Once in a while, when such things heat up, they address them. As they SHOULD! In fact, the press keeps talking about why Modi hasn’t talked. So people can play the game both sides.

      The fact is that there are groups that have worked and ARE working overtime to destabilize India. I encourage you to read this article for more information on how it is done -http://drishtikone.com/leftist-intellectuals-manufactured-subvert-indias-civilization/

  29. Meenakshi says

    Loved reading this informative “12 Amazing Accomplishments of Modi Government by 2016″… Hopefully this great accomplished achievements gets percolated to the mind of people who tend to crib all the time…
    I personally have immense faith on Modi Government.. Nice Read ..

  30. Ankur Kapoor says

    Congratulations and thanks for this constructive piece of work Desh Kapoor. After several decades we have had the good fortune of a government whose senior most people genuinely love India and are doing their best to make a difference. The opposition and the media(hand in glove as they are) are playing a despicable role. Your article is very well researched and presented. Brings out what is positive and what should be brought out to appreciate and encourage their good work.

  31. Geetha R says

    Very well done! But laws leading to security of women and her treating her as a fellow human being should also be there in the list. Violence on women should be addressed promptly.

  32. Geetha R says

    Violence on women should be addressed promptly.

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Yes it should be. And I think we all need to work on that. If you go to Gujarat, you will see that women can go on a street at 2 am at night and no one has any issues. Not so in the rest of the country.

  33. Rajinder Verma says

    Looks Good !!!!

  34. Pravin says

    I think we need manymore such authors to write about good things happening in india. Only when we focus on positive it will grow. So let us encourage positivism

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Thanks so much, Pravin!! I greatly appreciate your kind words! Cheers, buddy!

  35. Ramesh says

    ask.. how many of them impacted you directly?

  36. danny says

    A one stop shop for the achievements of the government. Wish there were more positive articles by “sold media” which would present our country in a positive light. Job well done mate

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Thanks, Danny!! I can’t agree with you more! The problem is they have their own agenda! So what can we expect?

  37. Sree says

    start up India is missing

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Good point! Will add that. Maybe in a subsequent post. 🙂

  38. Swati Mahant says

    Everyone should be praised for the work that they did & not for what they always propagated but never did! How i adore Mr. Modi for his phenomenal work & humility.
    Amazing & a very informative write-up Sir. Good Luck!

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      I am totally with you, Swati! Thanks for much for the appreciation! 🙂

  39. Shivangini says

    Good Post. Thank you. Please share something about any environmental initiatives by the government.

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Thanks, Shivangini! I will do that. Cheers!

  40. Sandeep Anjankar says

    Good work… Hope to see Best India soon…. Haters will hate but dont worry maximum people are with you…….

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Thanks, Sandeep! Yes absolutely! 🙂

  41. Ashutosh Joshi says

    Superb article…..perceptions are often built basis lack of knowledge and here you have truckload of info. Kudos for compilation!

    A suggestion if this article is kept updated with new initiatives and updates on previous programs, then that will be fantastic.

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Thanks, Ashutosh! I will keep updating this and also adding more articles and linking them here. That would hopefully help. I greatly value your suggestions, thanks my friend!

  42. Arun Muralidhar says

    Your bio aint apt here. Turning mundane to thrilling, turning ordinary to thought proviking, in this context, dialute the credibility of your post. Now makes me wonder whether the stuff you mentioned really hold that value or a pure drum up.

    I really appreciate the efforts to high light the positives. but unlike creative writing, I believe the attempt here is to provide factual reference.

    Hope you got my point. Not challenging your research or potrayal, just that the bio washes out credibility .

    Just to let u know a incident n consequence of one case:

    While I am glad, money is given away at bottom than top, yesterday i realised my son’s nanny had taken 25k as loan and she doesnt know how it got over. Only that she is now bound to pay 500 per week and we r literally paying it to ensure she is available.

    I wonder why the poor become more poor , when welfare money is given via trickle down or even direct. The rural employment scheme helped clean many canal systems, better roads etc, but the money only inflated the living cost at bottom end. Leading to additional loans to maintain living standard during no work time, inflated normal labor cost upto 800rs a day in kerala. We now get migrants from UP Nepal Assam etc for whom even the 500 they get + food n shelter is heaven.

    So be it any party, we havent really understood how low end economics works and only non of the elite advisors seem to look at it from groundsup. I guess Amartya Sen did say it is worth a study. Without, understanding, the kinda of Jan kalyan scheme which are short term in focus are creating ripples of prosperity , and people are forced to find means to level the dips. So money lenders are making more money, more liqour sold, while no rise in gdp as farm output remains the same. Only the cost goes North.

    Maybe you should write about it, the impact at grass root levels.

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      HI Arun – Thanks for your comment. Here are my thoughts:

      1. If you would notice, I did not indulge in “creative” writing, but presenting facts and figures. There are many ways of writing – If you have ever read a Russian physics book and an American one, you will know what I mean. Same goes for an Economics writing by say, Samuelson vs a Government paper. One can present facts and yet make it an interesting read. So I don’t see any dichotomy. Plus, I write many things – this blog has over 7000 articles – and not all are like this. So, the bio is for the all round writing. Hope that clarifies 🙂

      2. I have written about the way the schemes for the poor are handled and will write about it further. I don’t believe Modi’s schemes are just doles. There is an important component of empowering people to work. So let us learn to differentiate between the two ways – of how UPA approached things and how Modi’s government approaches it. What you said is true of MNREGA until now. You will see changes as we go forward.

  43. Vishal says

    How come there is no point related to Foreign Relationships (Not exactly about External Affairs).
    They PM is making big move to build new relationship with other countries which were not in our list before (Like mangolia, USSR split countries etc) and rebuilding the relationship with existing neighbor to make India real global power.

  44. Vijayanarasimhan says

    Very interesting and meaningful. My worry is how to take this to common man, only if common man realizes it will be good for Modi govt

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Thanks, Vijay! Yes, I agree! We have to take these to the common people! 🙂

  45. Ranvijay says

    I have tears of joy and pride after reading the last 2 posts.

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      Hi Ranvijay – I agree! That is some great work! Thanks for the comment my friend!

  46. TheDayDreamer says

    Hey Desh,

    Great Article, loved reading it ! Modi certainly is taking India the right way

    But i do have a question – Since you have put a lot of effort in writing an article like this my request is for you to also compose a article on what he could have done better (Eg : Controlling RSS more ) etc. The reason being it would lend more credibility to you if you had both view points and make reading these articles more valuable because we would know you have a balanced view.

    Looking forward to an article to see the other side of the coin.

    Keep it up !

    1. Desh Kapoor says

      HI Daydreamer,

      Thanks for the appreciation and the motivation. As for your question – do you see the inherent contradictions and prejudices in it? Let me explain.

      1. Indian PM is the PM for the country. Right? Irrespective of his past work, why should s/he be expected to “reign in” ANY social or cultural organization? Are you suggesting that prima facie an Indian PM can arbitrarily impose his will and sanction on any social organization that he doesn’t agree with? If yes, what tools would he use? Executive order? If yes, then aren’t you suggesting a sort of “emergency”? After all, there is a judiciary system for handling issues of social contract. I would never want any PM to ever suo moto impose his or her will on any social organization ever!

      2. It is instructive that while rooting for “lack of bias”, you did not mention MIM or Jamaat-e-Islami or All India Christian Council? Why? Why do you think that your peeves against RSS are more critical to Indian society versus say MIM? I see a prejudice in your very question itself. Can’t you?

      3. Just as irrespective of what the mainstream media rants about Modi, I based on my article on FACTS – similarly, I reserve the right to evaluate RSS and its work based on FACTS and not rhetoric. Till date, I have found nothing that makes it the demonic organization that the Indian mainstream media – with an obvious axe to grind – makes it out to be. Let me throw you a challenge, buddy – list 5 factual things – not rhetoric not allegations, but 5 factual things that RSS did to make it so negative. And please do not insult my intelligence by saying “it murdered Gandhi”. We all know that is a factual lie – so that doesn’t stand scrutiny of facts. Remember, I will challenge your facts, so don’t do a MSM-type list on me, it will not fly. Fair enough?

      4. In the last one year, Kamlesh Tiwari said something about Mohammad. He is still behind the bars. Is that justice? If yes, then why? And while discussing that, please also explain why MF Hussain then should not have been thrown in jail? Or, the entire Dalit group which celebrated Mahishasur Day shouldn’t be behind the bars by now?

      Martin Luther King Jr. once said “I want to be white man’s brother, not his brother in law”. I would like to paraphrase him and say to you “I want to have real Equality and Freedom of Speech, not Freedom in law”! When you install yourself as the arbiter of what is correct, fair and equitable and inherently put me in dock for me to defend myself (thereby prima facie pronouncing me as guilty of bias), even when your prejudice shouts so loudly, I am sorry, I reject such a lopsided and bastardized “Leftist Universalism” completely.

      Finally, “bias” in writing is a character of rhetorical essay. What I set forth were FACTS. I have links, evidence, numbers and graphs. If they shout a Pro-Modi story in India, then the chances are that there IS a Pro-Modi story. I am not going to numb the numbers with a story or spin of somebody’s choice. There are enough so-called journalists, including those who shared this article, who have NEVER been able to share these facts with their readers. Instead they have been busy writing stories dripping in prejudice.

      1. The DayDreamer says

        Thanks for the quick reply Desh. I was asking for information on RSS because I don’t have any data – and neither do I have any data on MIM or AICC. I would love to read an article where you write about all these factions/parties/groups so that I can educate myself more.

        My “data” is poorly based on what I read in the media and strongly based some of my loved ones have experienced. Here are some examples

        1. Experience – My friends were harassed by BJP folks during Valentine’s day and were made fun of — something that has not happened

        in the useless Cong days. This left me wondering if supporting BJP was actually a good idea : Giving rise to gunda giri like this.

        2. My other expectations based on reading from media – not a single politician has been arrested for black money : Was really hoping a few from the Cong would be behind bars by now — wondering what is stalling Modi govt on this one

        3. National Governance day on Christmas day – this was unnecessary : Let Christians have their christmas.

        Am a huge fan of Modi but I do see areas where he could do better. That is what I was asking for when I said – an article on what he could do better where I could learn.more.

        While he is a significant upgrade from Congress, we should still push for these changes to.make India great. I like Modi a lot, but I love India more — and so am not ready to turn a blind eye on areas he could do better.

        Am sure you are going to reply with some facts and that is hat am waiting for ?.

        1. Desh Kapoor says

          Thanks for the reply, Daydreamer! Well, lack of data doesn’t stop you from framing RSS in negative light does it? Since you have been relying on MSM for perception, I am sure you have reasons for having some conclusion? If your reasons are even wishy-washy to you such that you cannot share, then what use is sharing any information with you? 🙂 Do you see my dilemma?

          About RSS, I couldn’t find anything negative, as I said – so your question was incorrectly framed.

          2. Like I said, do not insult my intelligence with wrong information. Your strawman about your friends having negative Valentine’s day experience from BJP is BS! Because the organization which did the campaign was Sri Ram Sene – whose leader is Pramod Muthalik. Folks like him and Praveen Togadia have nothing to do with BJP or Modi. In fact, after Modi came to power in Gujarat, Togadia was cut down to size and couldn’t utter anything much. He hates Modi and has openly said that he will campaign against him, which he has. So, you saying “BJP did this” is like blaming Shias for the crimes of Sunnis. Do you see how your strawman is a bluff that doesn’t stand scrutiny?

          3. So how do you want the politician to be arrested? Like Indira Gandhi did in 1975? Barge into someone’s house at night and without warrant or court ruling get someone and put him in jail? That scenario works well in Communist states and countries, not in a democracy. Dude, you really need to get something cleared up for yourself – are you suggesting subverting of democracy? For, you are suggesting suo moto, unilateral actions without court sanction? If you want a dictatorship, please go to Cuba. It will be awesome. Or Saudi Arabia. Why make India like them?

          Now, if you ARE really serious about black money issues in India and have been reading papers, I am sure you would have seen this – http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2015-12-25/news/69300297_1_income-worth-income-tax-department-illegal-wealth

          Let me summarize for you:

          • A government crackdown on black money has led to detection of undisclosed income of over Rs 16,000 crore since March 2014,
            Assets worth Rs 1,200 crore have been seized.
          • Prosecution has been filed in 774 cases up to September 2015.
            The measures included a one-time 90-day window to come clean on undisclosed wealth, which led to declarations worth over Rs 4,160 crore, and the government is expecting Rs 2,500 crore as tax and penalties by month-end.
          • To deal with illegal wealth stashed abroad, the government legislated the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015 which provides for stringent penalty and jail term.
          • Govt attempt to get more information from governments of other countries about the resident tax payers is likely to get more traction in 2016
          • Under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), signed with the US, India has already started getting information.

          4. National Governance Day on Christmas – Did Christ have a patent on that day? Did he give out an edict – “ye who live after me, 25th Dec is forever forbidden from any other use other than my birthday?”. And how pray, does announcement of Governance day stop Christians from celebrating Christmas?

          Just btw, 25th Dec was never the b’day – here read the reasons why. – http://www.ucg.org/the-good-news/biblical-evidence-shows-jesus-christ-wasnt-born-on-dec-25

          Can modi do better? Absolutely! No man is perfect and every effort has limitations of time and space. The guy works 18-20 hours a day without any holidays and even sleeps in the aircraft on intercontinental flights to save a night in a hotel and cram more work instead of leisure! I don’t see anything more that anyone who is human can add. This is a political system which wreaks in laziness and corruption. And under Modi, both are outside the window!

          Thanks for your questions, but I will appreciate if you do so with sincerity and not by creating false strawman kind of arguments. Ok?

          1. TheDayDreamer says

            Desh, i absolutely enjoy the facts that you dole out but don’t step over the line by questioning my sincerity.

            I agree that i stand corrected on Issue #2 and those are the kinds of facts i find value in when discussing with you. I also agree i can do better by providing data without providing arguments with second hand data — but questioning sincerity kills the value of the conversation.

            Thanks for the info on #3 and I disagree on #4 – not having patent does not mean we can’t do better : that is an easy way to defend bigots.

            Anyway thanks and good luck – am done here.

          2. Desh Kapoor says

            DD – I love discussions but I find it unreasonable when one puts forward things that are said without any thought. The problem with India today is not that there aren’t any intelligent people… in fact there are a lot of them. The problem is that they have (at best) refused to use it, or (at worst) used it for wrong reasons. To understand any argument one has, one needs to take it to its logical end and then see whether that situation is useful or not. Like, for example, your discussion on Modi doing something on blackmoney by putting people behind the bars. It looks very powerful thought and something that all the revolutionaries shout out when they want revenge from the “government of the day”. But if you stop to think through it, you see that it doesn’t take very long to realize that it is a recipe for dictatorship. Even if I am a great fan of Modi, that is the last thing I would want of him! Or anyone for that matter!

            About your last point of Christmas – is there a restricted public holiday around the country for Gurupurab? There are more Sikhs than Christians – well at least before the recent conversion drives started with funding from the Evangelist groups in the US. Why? And why didn’t you ever protest no country-wide holiday for Gurupurab? Does that make you less Secular?

            You see when you take your thought to its logical end, you know that where you are going isn’t sincere – because enough care and thought has not gone into it.

            Cheers and take care. Despite our rather contested discussion, I did love the whole discussion.

  47. ANIL GAINDHAR says

    very nice listing of Modi ji work , really satisfied

  48. Parveez says

    Appreciate da writer for dis!
    Very informative n got a sneak peak of whts going on 🙂

  49. Manoj Shetty says

    Brilliant Article….! I already knew about some of the programmes of Modi Govt….Programs like Setu Bharatham i havent heard of… Nice work…

    Waiting for another best article…

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