The reputation of India as a soft state is over

The success of the Modi government’s three years in power is not only about statistical proof, but about an attitudinal change in the polity

Written by Sudhanshu Trivedi | New Delhi | Published:June 6, 2017 8:16 am
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A huge difference is perceptible between the government led by prime minister Modi these last three years compared to earlier regimes. The difference is limited not just to statistical proof of delivery of promises made during the Lok Sabha elections three years ago, but also with the attitudinal change this government has wrought within the polity.

The speed with which this government has tried to serve the ‘common man’, or the last man in the queue, as part of its commitment to the philosophy of ‘antyodaya’, has already been considerably remarked upon. From providing the most cooking gas connections – 2.4 crores already and expected to touch 5 crores by 2019, compared to 12.5 crores since independence — to the highest production of urea to the exponential growth in the roads network, to 28 crore bank accounts and 4 crore toilets, no one can possibly point a finger at the BJP government.

From a macro-economic perspective, the current account deficit has been brought down to a historic low of 0.7 per cent, forex reserve are at an all time high of $360 billion and inflation is down to less than half of what was in the UPA. The GST will be an epoch-making economic change.

Moreover, this government has transformed our mindset in socio-economic sectors also. The relentless campaign around ‘Beti Bachaao – Beti Padaao’ has given a big push to the infant sex ratio in states like Haryana. ‘Swachh Bharat’ has led to thousands of villages shunning open defecation and pledging basic cleanliness.

Many have flagged the issue of creating jobs by this government. Pre and post globalization, the jobs scenario has undergone a sea change. While jobs in the government have got significantly pruned, opportunities in private and foreign companies have opened up big time. Further, evolution of IT-enabled services has added a new dimension to the jobs market. This government has consciously moved towards promoting self-employment through setting up micro enterprises and businesses using ‘mudra loans’ where even norms on collateral requirement have been eased.

From e-rickshawallahs to fruits and vegetable vendors, Rs 7.75 crore has been disbursed through mudra loans. On conservative side, even if 70-75 percent of these funds have led to creation of jobs, then about 6 – 6.5 crore jobs have been added in last three years.

Solar power has grown by over 450 percent in three years. Given the government’s commitment to clean and green energy, the International Solar Alliance’s research facilities in technology, which aims to make solar power affordable is coming up in Gurgaon.

Transportation is another area where there’s a big shift in approach. For instance, the perennial rivers that hitherto led to periodic flooding in eastern states like Bihar, Bengal & Assam are now being channeled to carve out waterways. Coastal sea routes have been opened up for domestic movement of people and goods under Sagar Mala Project.

War on corruption by tackling benami properties, black money, cash through demonetization and crackdown on the money network of the Hurriyat leaders in Jammu & Kashmir could have been possible only under the strong and decisive leadership of Shri Narendra Modi.

After the “surgical strikes” against Pakistan in September 2016, infiltration has come down by 45%, while the North-East and Naxal-affected areas have witnessed a huge decline in disruptive activities. The prime minister even held a rally in the most Naxal- affected district Dantewada, while Home minister Rajnath Singh visited Chinta Gufa in Chhatisgarh’s Sukma district.

Pakistan was tackled differently. Balochistan was brought front and centre of the debate, from the ramparts of the Red Fort, “surgical strikes” were carried out across the border and LoC, and two friendly Muslim countries in SAARC, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, were persuaded to criticize Pakistan. That country was severely embarrassed by India at the International Court of Justice in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

We stuck to our stand that terror and talks cannot go together. Only two official-level talks took place with Pakistan, in Ufa in Russia and in Bangkok, and both were on terror. It is clear that the reputation of India as a soft state is over.

Other additions to our dynamic foreign policy have been to utilize the strong cultural and civilizational potential of the Indian diaspora which no previous government dared to do.

In all these ways it is more than clear : The party with a difference, which got a clear majority three years ago, is providing a government with a huge difference.

Sudhanshu Trivedi is a national spokesperson of the BJP

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    Sense
    Jul 14, 2017 at 12:46 pm
    Dr. Sudhanshu Trivedi, what is your opinion regarding what Delhi BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma done? She had allegedly passed off a picture of the 2002 Gujarat riots as that of the violence in West Bengal's Basirhat.
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      Mikhail Gandhi
      Jun 19, 2017 at 7:06 pm
      My opinion is that, time had come to face the all the problem on front foot. Yes you are right Mr, Sudhanshu Trivedi.
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        Manish Kumar
        Jun 15, 2017 at 4:42 pm
        India was never a soft state, it was liberal. Whole world knows, what's the The re tion of India is! It is upcoming supreme power of World. Be Aware!!!
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          Mikhail Gandhi
          Jun 19, 2017 at 7:07 pm
          Nice but had to expect
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          Dr Mrs
          Jun 7, 2017 at 7:14 pm
          Very Well Drafted
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            Manish Kumar
            Jun 15, 2017 at 4:43 pm
            what??
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            Sujatha Selvam
            Jun 7, 2017 at 12:41 am
            Sudhanshu Trivedi is an Indian politician who is one of the official spokespersons of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Having done PhD in Mechanical Engineering he served as a faculty in Mechanical Engineering department in couple of Indian Universities. He also worked as a Political Advisor to BJP National President Rajnath Singh (current Home Minister of India). Indian Express should not be a place for BJP propag a n d a . Please refrain from publishing such bogus claims.
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              Dem Religion
              Jun 10, 2017 at 9:03 am
              Says very clearly at the end of the article that he is the BJP national spokesperson.
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                Manish Kumar
                Jun 15, 2017 at 4:51 pm
                Sudhanshu Trivedi's article is on the changes post three successful years of BJP government at centre driven by PM Modi's vision and execution. Namoo............
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                  Mikhail Gandhi
                  Jun 19, 2017 at 7:10 pm
                  SudhanshuTrivedi what u had said in your article that are on paper only not in practical life. Only reaction but no action.
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                Sujatha Selvam
                Jun 7, 2017 at 12:37 am
                "From e-rickshawallahs to fruits and vegetable vendors, Rs 7.75 crore has been disbursed through mudra loans. On conservative side, even if 70-75 percent of these funds have led to creation of jobs, then about 6 – 6.5 crore jobs have been added in last three years." What a misleading and bogus statistics! The writer is trying to fool the readers with wrong figures.
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                  Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad
                  Jun 6, 2017 at 8:09 pm
                  Really believed that Indian media is sold out. You guy dig all the impossible opportunities to give fame to this fake, propa a gov.
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                    Rakesh
                    Jun 6, 2017 at 11:07 pm
                    Its sudhansu trivedi ...mouth piece of BJP...what more u expect... even such article posted on defense news with no change at all......a true genuine inisght and understanding are rare now a days..either psedosecualar or pseudo- nationalist...
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                      nitin
                      Jun 7, 2017 at 12:03 am
                      haha this stani s thinks that his opinion and his fake account opinion matters...
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                        Manish Kumar
                        Jun 15, 2017 at 5:12 pm
                        Why muslims are against any Indian government........
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                        sriram
                        Jun 6, 2017 at 3:55 pm
                        Let the excellent work continue non stop for another 50 years
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                          Manish Kumar
                          Jun 15, 2017 at 5:16 pm
                          BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi's article is on the changes of three successful years of India PM Modi government vision and execution. Swach Bharat, Samridh Bharat...
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