The crying shame of the first five years of the Modi government is the collapse of the economy. Growth rates are down; inflation is inching up, and the promised "jobs miracle" never happened. Unemployment and underemployment are increasing, and little has been done to trigger rural development.

Worse, Modi’s ill executed tax reform was overly bureaucratic, crippling small and mid-sized enterprises. His "demonetisation" (banning certain denominations of currency), intended to break the back of terrorism and corruption by eliminating black money from the system, ended in fiasco: new banknotes promptly replaced the old ones, while masses of informal and small scale businesses and farmers took a beating.

Meanwhile, the controversial Rafale jet deal suggests that crony capitalism is in full bloom in the country. Will other things change under Modi 2.0? Hopefully, because surely India’s masses of unemployed, who were betrayed but still voted him to power, will not be patient over the next five years.

The people can only hope that governance from 2019 will include:

putting a check on provocative and fake news on social media,

stopping the emasculation of institutions of democratic governance,

giving minorities a sense of security, and

prioritising issues of economy, ecology and growth; not giving precedence to obscurantism.

Modi, with his unmatched eloquence, manipulated the political discourse away from economic misery and focused attention on supposed enemies. He managed to hold large sections of the country in thrall as jingoism carried the day. A weak and fractured opposition running its campaign on inclusivity and justice for all got swept away, except in some southern states and the northern state of Punjab. The ruling NDA secured 45 % of the votes polled. Modi won; but did India?

Aditi Roy Ghatak

© D+C | Development & Cooperation 2019

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Comments for this article: Modi won – but did India?

You people can’t affect modi’s reputation in front of the whole world…. By doing this kind of silly propaganda. I don’t what is the problems you have with india…. Pellet guns are used against those who throws a 400 gram of stone to the security forces with a speed 90km/hr… U ppl will not show the news of more than 900 security officials are admitted in the hospitals at this moment…. You ppl will not tell about the best policies bjp had to serve the poorest in this 5 years, you ppl will not talk about the rise of ISIS in the kashmir Valley ????????. Wow great journalism… It is people like you who stay in their ac rooms without seing the actual ground tries to fit their contents according to their propaganda..from biased news articles ??…. Good journalism congratulations.. ??????????. Try how much you can…. Bjp have alone got more than 300 sits ??. You ppl can’t do any harm to modi’s image.. But you ppl will get yourself criticised…. Bark how much you can.. It is all becoming very funny nowadays ????

mahak17.07.2019 | 21:39 Uhr

What do you mean "supposed enemies"? Wake up madam!

sankritis29.08.2019 | 19:01 Uhr