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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government are bringing changes in political parties’ perspectives towards governance. Although, the BJP-led NDA government has hardly completed over 100 days in office but the party has shown commendable dedication in parliamentary activities. With the performance so far, the Modi regime is considered one of the most productive of the previous Indian governments. And why shouldn’t it be? During the short span of time, India has witnessed most productivity in Parliament sessions. Also Read - Planning Lockdown, Urging Flight Ban And Scaling up Testing: How Are Indian States Preparing to Combat Omicron
The discipline has been restored in Members of Parliament (MPs). The Central government has have taken many decisions like FDI in railways, insurance and defence; new judicial appointment law; abolishment of planning commission have been taken as of now. Moreover, the Modi government has also concentrated on strengthening relationship with neighbour countries, be it Bhutan, Nepal or Japan; it reflects government’s focus on a rejuvenated foreign policy. Also Read - #UPSCExtraAttempt: Why Are Civil Service Aspirants Demanding Another Chance?
But yes, at one point Modi-government has failed to address an issue, i.e. of reigning communal remarks. Narendra Modi could not stop his party-men to make unnecessary controversial communal comments in his first 100 days as a Prime Minister. Firstly, the BJP MLA from Goa raked up a controversy when he said that PM Narendra Modi will develop India into a ‘Hindu’ nation.
Another instance was when the saffron party decided to give the key position to an extremist leader Yogi Adityanath in UP before by-polls. Thirdly, the Modi-government’s Minority Affairs minister Najma Heptulla also found herself involved in a “Hindu/Hindi” remark controversy.
Recently, BJP President Amit Shah also made a controversial comment when he said, “Why there is no communal tension in Maharashtra and Haryana like in Uttar Prdaesh (UP). If communal tension persists in UP, BJP will form government in UP.”
Though, there is a fear in minorities and especially in Muslims about Narendra Modi, as he was allegedly reported of his involvement in 2002 Godhra riots. On the flip side, there are Muslims who are so far impressed by Modi’s performance and are willing to move on from the memories of riots but extremist leaders in BJP aren’t letting it happen.
If Narendra Modi the Prime Minister will speak out against communal remarks and bar his party-men to make such comments, then may be he might get support from a sector of the society that is still scared of him and his party.
Narendra Modi, in his maiden Independence Speech said, “Let us walk together, think together, and make a determination to take the nation ahead together.” If he is really honest with his words, he must speak out against the rising communal issues. Modi should ensure that he establishes trust in minorities and prevent party leaders from making extremist comments.