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INDIA-MODI'S 2024 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION GUARANTEES ARE EMPTY WORDS - PART 2

Toronto, Canada      Jeffrey S. Ram, Editor    April 27, 2024

MODI FAILED TO PROVIDE THE PROMISED INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT


 

Photo: Farmers' protest against Modi's agricultural policies

 Modi also failed to fulfill his second main promise of "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas" ("With everyone, development for all, the faith of all and the efforts of all"). India ranked 134 out of 193 countries in the United Nations Development Program's Human Development Index 2021.

 

MODI BROKE HIS PROMISE TO FARMERS



Photo: Massive farmers’ protest against Modi’s agricultural policies. Photo Courtesy X(Twitter)/@mishra_surjya


 Modi's promise of doubling farmers' income by 2022 still needs to be fulfilled. Unable to pay back their loans, the farmers are committing suicide. However, the business loans worth Rs. 16 lakh crore (16 trillion) owed by business magnates and industrialists were forgiven and written off. Farmers' protests across the country in 2021 and again in 2024 highlighted the government's failure to address their grievances effectively.

 

INEQUALITY INCREASED IN MODI’S BILLIONAIRES’ RAJ

 India, a significant player in the G20 as the fourth largest economy, presents a stark contrast in its economic landscape. While its per capita income ranks as the lowest in the group, the top 1% of the population earned a staggering 22.6% of the national income in 2022-23, the highest in the world. In a disheartening disparity, the bottom 50% of the population earned a mere 15% of the national income. Adding to this, the top 1% also lay claim to 40.1% of India’s wealth.

According to Oxfam India’s 2023 report on inequality, the wealthiest 5% of Indians own more than 60% of the nation’s wealth, while the bottom 50% own only 3%. Between 2012 and 2021, 40% of the wealth created in India went to just 1%of the population

 Photo: (From left) Nita Ambani, pop star Rihanna and Anant Ambani.

A reported USD 7 million fee was paid to Rihanna to dance at the Ambani Family’s Pre-Wedding celebration. (March 1 to 3, 2024)

 In the Forbes Rich List 2024, Mukesh Ambani’s net worth has increased nearly fivefold since 2014 to $116 billion, and Gautam Adani’s wealth has increased 27fold from ten years ago to $84 billion. 

MODI’S NOTEBANDI (DEMONETIZATION)  DISASTER

  Modi’s government announced the demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes (bills) at a 4-hour notice in November 2016 to eradicate corruption and black money. However, the Reserve Bank of India admitted that 99.3% of the demonetized currency came back to the Reserve Bank.

 

MODI’S DISMAL HEALTH CARE RECORD

 The Modi government’s spending on healthcare is low, at around 1.2% of GDP. According to the Lancet report, India’s spending on healthcare is the lowest among G20 countries.


MODI’S IRRESPONSIBLE MANAGEMENT OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Photo: A dead body waits to be cremated as multiple funeral pyres of those who died of COVID-19 burn at a ground in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 47 lakh (4.7 million) people died in India during Covid-19. 

 MODI’S HINDUTVA PLAN TO DRIVE OUT COVID-19 FAILED

 Modi urged all Indians to clap, bang thalis (plates), and ring bells together at 5:00 PM on March 22, 2020.  Later, Modi asked all Indians to come out of their homes with lamps, candles, torches, or cell phone flashlights for nine minutes at 9:00 PM on April 5, 2020.

MODI’S LOCKDOWN FIASCO

Photo: Migrant workers walk home to their villages in far-off states from New Delhi after the national shutdown. (Courtesy Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Image)

 Modi shut down the nation at 8 p.m. on March 24, 2020, for 21 days with a 4-hour notice as a COVID-19 pandemic preventive measure. He did not think about where the daily wage earners would find the money to buy food or pay rent or how the migrant workers and their families would reach their homes.

According to Business Today, a survey found that 23 percent of migrant workers, one out of four respondents, walked back to their villages after the coronavirus lockdown.

 

 HUNGER SOARED UNDER MODI IN INDIA

 

 The 2023 Global Hunger Index ranked India 111 out of 125 countries, and its level of hunger was categorized as serious. In the 2021 Global Food Security (GFS) Index, India ranked 71st out of 113 countries. 

 

MODI FAILED IN HIS PROMISE ABOUT BLACK MONEY 

  Modi promised to bring back Black money from Switzerland. Instead, more people escaped from India with thousands of crores (billions). Such people included Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, and Vijay Mallya, among others.

 

MODI FAILED TO PROVIDE THE PROMISED JOB



 

Photo: Unemployed youth at a state-level job fair in Karnataka

 

 Modi failed in his promise to create one crore (10 million) new jobs immediately and 25 crore (250 million) new jobs in ten years. According to a recent International Labour Organization report, in 2022, the unemployed youth comprised 82.9% of India’s total unemployed population.

 Modi promised 200 days of work and higher wages to rural people under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNRGA). However, he did not allocate sufficient funds to successfully implement even 100 days of work.

MODI'S ACTIONS DID NOT MATCH HIS WORDS

 Modi failed to deliver on promises made in the 2014 and 2019 elections. From participatory democracy and inclusive and sustainable development to agricultural reform, job creation, and corruption eradication, Modi's electoral assurances remain unfulfilled. Prime Minister Modi's record of inefficiency, incompetence, and incapability to govern makes his 2024 election promises look like empty words and false advertisements. VOTERS SHOULD HOLD MODI ACCOUNTABLE FOR DECEIVING THEM WITH FALSE PROMISES. AS EVERY VOTE COUNTS, IT SHOULD BE USED WISELY.

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