My Issue with the Modi Government

By Anceeta Martis - October 13, 2019


Let me first start off by removing any doubt that I am supporting any political party because I do not want to argue about that. I hate all politicians equally but not more than I hate lies. 

The reason I do not like Dubai is because they have survived due to great marketing and not substance and that I feel is what Modi is doing for in India. I don't know the rest of the BJP or whatever supporters he has but his current government basically is just that - fluff without substance. 

I hear a lot of noise about him either for or against and I never really paid attention. I do know the history of Gujarat riots, his silence on women's issues and the plight of the poor. Again, I did not pass comments as I didn't really do my research. What sparked my curiosity was this article on Financial Times which states that all Indian villages have electricity. Many headlines say that India is "100% electrified"!

While this is indeed great news when you hear it and you'd obviously want to support this government for attaining this almost impossible feat, it took a little bit of digging to get the raw facts on this.  

Firstly, the definition of electrification of a village is that "at least 10% households in the village should have electricity" which is bullshit. That's like saying, if 1 out of the 10 people have cars, then all of them have cars. This is how my simple mind translated this definition. 

When Modi came to power, there were less than 19K villages that needed electricity, the rest were done by the previous governments. He completed the project (at a slower pace than other governments, might I add) and then claimed all glory for it (forgetting the work done by previous governments). 

If you bake a four tiered cake and leave me to arrange the cherries on the top, I cannot take the glory for baking the entire cake, can I? But that's exactly what Modi did. 

About 17% of households in India are still in the dark. This completely shatters the headline "100% electrification" (which technically means every household having electricity). 

"In 1947, during the time of Independence, only 1,500 of India’s villages were electrified.
Between 2005 and 2014, the UPA-I and UPA-II governments connected over 1,082,280 villages to the grid and connections were provided to over 20 million households, out of which 19 million were given free connections.

When the Modi government announced its new rural electrification scheme, only 18,452 villages did not have power supply.

This meant that on average, the UPA electrified 12,030 villages per year while the Modi government electrified 4,842. Granted, most of the 18,000 odd villages the current administration had to tackle are in far-flung areas and remote locations, making its task doubly harder." - Source



What bothers me immensely is not the fact that a politician is trying to be a good marketeer. It's his job after all. It's the crazy fanatics he has following him who do not want to see him for what he is. 

Also, who has statistics on how many hours a day do these 10% or so people get electricity? Some of them get it for less than 8 hours a day and yet they are still considered electrified? 

As a villager and having grandparents who were farmers, I honestly do not care about the overall GDP and the mysterious "growth" of the country because it doesn't really benefit anyone at the grass-root level. What I do care about is the price of commodities - fuel, for instance, standard of living of all (access to good health clinics, better education, etc), jobs for the locals etc. While I have not seen any improvement even in the previous governments, at least I didn't hear bogus claims from them either. 

Modi government has claimed a lot of things yet I see no difference made in the life of the common man. Which is where my issue lies. 

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