The Government needs money; a large amount of money to manage ever the increasing population. If the population cannot be controlled, no Government can do anything to improve the living conditions of its people. No Government can ever satisfy all sections of society when it raises taxes on one or other account. But the sections that suffer because of the increase have to agitate. And that is democracy. In Democracy, appeasement of one section results in agitation by some other section. This see-saw game is the essence of democracy. There will always be some criticism of the Government when it touches the tax unless it goes southward!
But Corruption is entirely a different deal. A corrupt Government has to be condemned and booted out, come what may. We witnessed this in the rout of the Congress party in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The Modi Government is not the best government. It is dithering on quite a few critical issues that concern maintaining the country on an even keel. True! But, so far, is there a single evidence that it has indulged in any scam or corruption that has become the talk of the day? It will become so, only if people in the Government or the party are arraigned.
The UPA Government steered by the Congress Party, particularly from 2009-2014, was the worst of the lot and there can’t be two opinions on this. No less than the then PM, Manmohan Singh, had to make a sheepish apology that he was hamstrung because of the need to observe “coalition dharma”. That was probably the worst of the apology that a PM can dish out, no matter how great a scholar he could be and what sort of personal integrity he could command still.
If Modi Government has to be booted out, who is there to take the driver seat of the nation? Congress, or say the tattering UPA coalition? Why? Are we fools to go back to Congress? Has the Congress Party made visible positive change for itself? If so, why the party could not get back and remain in the revival track? “Congress mukt Bharat”, the slogan of BJP seems to have been bought by the Congress Party itself, going the severe drubbing it is getting in the elections held since May 2014, when the BJP came to power at the centre.
OK, what are you saying? What? ………….No, No, No …. if you are mumbling things like Mamata, Stalin, Pawar, Abdullah, Lalu, Omar Abdullah, etc., there is no meaning in this discussion, at all. We are talking about politics as the art of possibility and not the art of pushing it down under the sewage. The topic is about finding an alternate driver for running the nation-car. And you are talking about people, who would fight among themselves, once they get into the Government and allow the output of their intense fights to overflow as stinking sewage on the nation’s highways and bylanes. Wake up and talk sensibly!! OK, I am still talking to you, thinking you are not counting Rahul also in the bandwagon of PM prospects. I know you are not condemning the country to do that kind of ‘political harakiri’, no matter what kind of seething anger you have against Modi!
India is a unique country. There can never ever be a govt that can satisfy the incredible number of heterogeneous sections of Indian populace. But you can’t throw the baby with the bathwater. Beat the Government black & blue. But think not just twice …but several times, before throwing it out! You can’t afford to have clowns or downright criminals or the ones, getting the grip of the driver seat of the nation-car. Disciplining the baby doesn’t mean throwing it out from the bathtub. Think sane! Make no mistake about it – No one can save you and me, if we decide to bang our heads again and again, despite getting that ‘great’ experience of 2009-2014. True, some years after, an alternate force may sprout to take to the driver seat. But even the whiff of that force is not felt now. The Modi Government only has to deliver and it is the public that has to insist it from the Govt., come what may! Period!! “There Is No Alternative” (TINA) to Modi Government today. This is the stark-naked reality today, however, you and I think about it. It is not an ideal situation, but an inevitable one. The nation badly wants at least one single powerful opposition party. Where is it? Till it emerges for sure, the Modi Government will enjoy the TINA advantage.