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Modi's Independence Day speech

If Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden Independence Day speech last year was meant to break the monotony of convention – to give an unambiguous message of change to the countrymen from the nation’s biggest stage. However, his second address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort this year was a mix of stock-taking exercise and the roadmap ahead. Just at a time when much is at stake for the Bharatiya Janata Party [...]

How successful is pradhan mantri's jan dhan yojana

On September 2 last year, soon after the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana was launched, we wrote in these columns that the real challenge was to keep the accounts that would open under the PMJDY alive. (http://www.elections.in/blog/jan-dhan-yojana-a-too-ambitious-scheme/). We had written that the government need not rush the ambitious plan of financial inclusion without a proper action plan. More than half a year later, the PMJDY seems to have progressed steadily although the scheme still [...]

Whether the Modi Factor is Still Shining or Getting Diminished

Remember that at his very first election victory rally in Vadodara, Modi had declared triumphantly, “Achhey din aa gaye hain” (Better times have already arrived)? As his government comes near to completion of a year in office, the ‘achhey din’ (better times) catchphrase still remains a misnomer. Why? Clearly, the concept of ‘achhey din’ has different dimensions for different people. In these columns we had raised this question on 21 July last year – when [...]

Is the Modi Magic Vanishing

The reversal of fortune for the BJP in the Assembly by-elections in four states – Bihar, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab – is a shocker to the party after its splendid show in these states in the last Lok Sabha elections. How can one explain the fact that the BJP and its allies could win only eight of the 18 seats in these states within three months of their conquest of New Delhi? Or rather, [...]

Narendra Modi's 15th August Speech Analysis

From a rehearsal of Independence Day speech from Shri Ramji Ravji Lalan College, Bhuj last year as a Prime Minister aspirant, to finally delivering his maiden I-Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort, PM Narendra Modi has shown that he has a penchant for occasion! On August 15 last year, as the prime ministerial aspirant Modi had severely criticised the then PM Manmohan Singh’s ‘disappointing’ address to the nation. It was imperative, therefore, [...]

Is this right time to mock the Acche Din concept

Elections are won by selling dreams. This is one mantra that Narendra Modi learnt much early in his political career – it was the dream of a still elusive Ram temple at Ayodhya that consolidated Hindu votes and catapulted the BJP to the position of a major political force. The economic development was the other big dream that he showed to the youth and the dominant business community of the state to win successive state [...]

An election like no other

By the end of next week we will know who is going to be India’s next prime minister so this is a good week to examine what this endless campaign offered voters by way of choice. This is a particularly important exercise because for the first time in any general election Indian voters were given a choice between two diametrically opposed economic ideas. In elections past the choice has been between divergent political ideas but [...]



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