MODI IN US
Claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “election hangover” continues, the CPM’s People’s Democracy says the PM is yet to walk the talk: “His speeches at the Madison Square Garden and the annual rockstar ritual that takes place every year on the occasion of the UNGA… confirmed once again that the mindset of a continuing Indian election campaign has not yet been discarded by Prime Minister Modi… But the talk continues and after Tokyo has now reached New York. ‘Walking’ has yet to begin as far as we, Indians, are concerned,” argues the editorial.
“The irony of all this… lies in the fact that he is scrupulously following the global interactions whose pace was set by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Yet we are being told ad nasuem [sic] that PM Modi has set himself the task to ‘liberate’ India from the ‘paralysis’ of the government under former PM Manmohan Singh!” it adds. Claiming there has been “nothing substantial” in advancing the agreements already reached between India and the US on various aspects, the editorial argues, “the running thread appears [to be] the increasing pressures by the USA to draw India more into its loop of advancing US strategic interests in all these spheres… Clearly, therefore, what was envisioned is the deepening of the Indo-US strategic partnership where India would be drawn deeper as a strategic subordinate ally in implementing the US global vision…” The editorial also says Modi’s speech at the UNGA — the main objective of this visit — “marked no significant advance or contribution”.
Also talking about Modi’s US visit, the CPI’s NewAge says it did not result in making anything concrete in India’s interests. “Of course there had been enough of mockery and glamour show financed by the Gujarati NRIs and PIOs and a section of the American Business Club but as far as the claimed goal of taking the relations of global partners to new height, nothing has concretised as far as India’s interests are concerned,” the editorial argues. “It does not mean that Modi has conceded nothing to Americans. All sorts of pressures were put on him to concede publicly at least on two counts — amendment in the Indian Nuclear Liability Law and surrender to the WTO dictates on Free Trade Agreement,” it says.
The editorial also goes on to call the Swachh Bharat campaign a “media hype”. “In the name of launching Swachh Bharat mission, Prime Minister, the entire government and Media tried to broom away the entire legacy of Mahatma Gandhi whose birth anniversary was on October 2,” it says.
D FOR DESPERATION
The CPI(ML)’s ML Update says the promises of controlling price-rise and eliminating corruption have “conspicuously gone missing from Modi’s speeches” post elections, replaced by slogans like “Make in India” and “Clean India”.
“What do these slogans tell us about Modi’s unfolding agenda? It is quite clear that Modi finds it inconvenient to talk about prices now,” says an editorial. “The three D’s Modi is dangling before foreign investors (democracy, demography and demand) cannot hide the 4th unstated D which stands for ‘desperation’ and this desperation can only further reduce India’s strength and bargaining power while handling FDI,” it claims. On the other hand, “Modi’s ‘clean India’ mission is another exercise in obfuscation and trivialisation of a major public concern.”
Compiled by Ruhi Tewari