The NaMo India: A superpower in the making or the ultimate failure?

By Roop Singh of All rights reserved by

The shout of ‘Ache Din Aa Gaye’(The good times are here) echoed through every inch of the largest democracy of the world. The people of India had spoken their verdict, quite emphatically. The NaMo wave had swept off the general assembly election, 2014 and for the first time since 1984, India witnessed a one party majority. The general sense about the nation was one of relief and optimism. But the question worth million dollars (and a billion people) remains- whether this trust will be served justice or is India up for yet another 5 years of exasperation and disappointment?

For the one year preceding the election day, the NaMo wave captured the attention of a billion Indians. BJP went over the top with their marketing and the use of social media was indeed exquisite. Coupled with that, the tainted image of the UPA made victory seem inevitable. But the concerns stems from the fact it was these two factors only and not any express merit which were primarily responsible for Modi’s triumph. There were other factors of course but none really stands out as an indication of the proverbial ‘Ache Din’.

For instance, take one of the biggest argument that has been used in favor of Narendra Modi – The corporate success of Gujarat. Talk to any NaMo supporter and they’ll make you believe that Mr. Modi possesses some magic wand which he waved upon the state of Gujarat. But anyone versed with the history of Indian trade will know that the territory of Gujarat has been home to trading since ancient times. There is absolutely no hidden secret behind the development in Gujarat. Not taking anything away from Narendra Modi, there is no doubt that his government played the role of catalyst in this success and as a Capitalist, he would score over majority of his political competition. But labeling him as some corporate magician won’t just classify as naïve but also be unfair on Modi himself. While talking about Gujarat, the riots of 2002 and Modi’s persistent silence on all the allegations are not to be forgotten.

Having said all this, there is one thing that BJP and Narendra Modi have impressively managed to capture, that one factor which seemed lost for years, that one luxury which the UPA government didn’t even come close to attaining- they have captured the essence of Indian democracy which is ‘Of the people, By the people and For the people’. There is a sense of accountability among the masses for their vote, especially and importantly the youth. The feeling might have been fueled by their disgust towards the UPA government or even blatant apathy but the fact that the people consider the new government as their own is a pleasant change by any standards.

All the social media parade which preceded the elections means that questioning the governance would imply openly questioning their own judgment for the citizens of India. This in turn buys Modi government the patience of the people, a scarce luxury in this country. Whether he deserved it or not, Mr. Narendra Modi has landed in a situation as promising as any government did. The stage is indeed set for him to take some long due decisions and set India on the path of becoming a superpower. Will he succeed? Well, the bigger question is, does he want to succeed?

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